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Cultural Threads

Cultural Threads

Cultural Threads Artists

Cat-Rabbit is a Melbourne based textile artist who spends equal amounts of time sewing, drinking tea and thinking about owning a pug dog. Her work has been exhibited in Australia and internationally and is stocked in various nice stores online and in real life. @cat_rabbit

Emma Grace is a sustainability-focused jeweller and teacher of sustainable craft workshops.

Hayley Tan's practice is interested in the ideas of home and belonging in a contemporary world. Tan’s work considers the complex relationships existing between herself and spaces in place, time, memory, and everything else.


Photo: Cat Rabbit

Photo: Emma Grace

Janet Passehl's practice is an ongoing collaboration with space, light, gravity, and the nature of textiles. Through the acts of ironing, cutting, folding, hanging and responding to materials, Passehl has created a subtle body of work that is process-driven, spatial and influenced by her encounters with fabric. @passehljanet

Jenna Bailey’s passion is writing and she is currently exploring how the written word can be expressed through fabric and the art of embroidery.

John Barbour’s experimental and interdisciplinary practice is concerned with the physicality of materials and their potential to be reformed. Influenced by conceptual art and Minimalism, his work engages with ideas of human frailty and fallibility through the use of lowly and humble materials.

Jon Campbell explores the colloquial language and culture of contemporary society. Campbell’s paintings, banners and flags transform his collection of found words and images with laidback lyricism, through a merging of the graphic stylings of pop art, a low-fi aesthetic and great sense of humour. @joncampbellart

Karen Wallace’s work ranges from traditional botanical work to more experimental avant garde embroidery.

Katie West belongs to the Yindjibarndi people of the Pilbara tablelands. Using plant-dyed fabrics, Katie’s practice is concerned with the politics of decolonisation, custodial ethics and a meditative connection with the land and its ecologies. @katiewularni

Photo: Juluwarlu Aboriginal Corporation

Photo: Lindy De Wijn

Kei Takamura repairs broken objects using silk thread, transforming these ‘wounds’ into objects of beauty. For the artist, the act of embroidery creates a state of being ‘tentative.’ It transforms objects and places which no longer exist, and brings fragments of memory towards a tangible existence.

Kitiya Palasakas is a craft based designer, author and speaker. Specialising in prop and installation design, content creation and activiation, Kitiya's work is focused primarily on using handmade techniques and traditional craft methods re-imagined in contemporary ways. @kitiyapalaskas

Lindy De Wijn is an artist and art co-ordinator specialising in public art. Lindy's love for lace making started as a child and in recent years, Lindy has incorporated lace making into her public art practice. @lindydewijn

Raquel Ormella is an artist working at the intersection of art and activism. The key themes that Ormella has developed in her work are social and environmental activism; human and animal relationships; nationalism and national identity. @raquelormella

Rubaba Haider is an interdisciplinary artist living in Melbourne. As a Hazara woman, Haider has witnessed how fragile the ties that bind communities, relationships and bodies together can be, and expresses this vulnerability through intricate explorations of cloth and thread. @rubabahaider

Rute Chaves is a research-based artist/designer performing experimental material investigations, whereby the object is not seen as a result in itself, but as a conversation, that believes that good design lies in the act and not only in the artefact. @rute_chaves_studio

Photo: Rute Chaves

Photo: Tal Fitzpatrick

Through the process of magnifying and scrutinising components, Sam Martin challenges our notion of painting as a purely two-dimensional medium, engaging in various degrees of interaction between paint and thread.

Susannah Langley is a visual artist whose practice is rooted in experimental drawing and installation, often using unconventional media such as conductive materials, found objects, textiles and virtual reality. Recently, Susannah has been incorporating sound in her works via field recodings. @susannahwilliams41

Tal Fitzpatrick is driven by the power of craft to solicit the sharing of stories. An artist, craftivist, researcher and arts and disability worker, Tal’s socially-engaged art practice looks to drive positive change. @talfitzpatrick