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An Exhibition Weaving The Past, Present + Future Of First Nations Textiles

Sasha Gattermayr
9th July, 2020

Distinguished textile artist Elisa Carmichael reimagines traditional weaving practices in today’s contemporary context.

The fashion and artwork of accomplished textile artist Elisa Carmichael is the subject of a new solo exhibition at Queensland Museum.

Titled Threads, the exhibit will feature handwoven sculptural dresses made from Ungaire (swamp reeds), jersey, twine, ghost net and digitally-printed textiles. As a Ngugi woman from the Quandamooka People of Moreton Bay, Elisa’s fibre art is distinguished by combining traditional handweaving techniques with contemporary adaptations and technological developments. The pieces Elisa created for Threads were inspired by existing textiles created by First Nations peoples already in Queensland Museum’s collection and were designed to highlight traditional First Nations weaving practices as Australia’s first form of textile.

‘First Nations weaving practices have been with us for millennia, and these practices need to be seen and acknowledged as the first forms of textiles in the history of Australia’s fashion,’ says Elisa.

Threads
An exhibition of textile art crafted from traditional weaving practices
June 25th, 2020 – February 21st, 2021

Queensland Museum, Level 2
Corner Grey St + Melbourne St
South Brisbane

Entry to ‘Threads’ is free. Find out more information on the exhibition and the gallery’s entry guidelines here.

Sasha Gattermayr
9th July, 2020

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