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Autumn News



Hello everyone!

The season of mellow fruitfulness is cooling here in Melbourne. My Autumn highlights included Ceres’ sustainability road trip through regional Victoria & NSW, listening to stories of people, plants and places. Also pitching Martien van Zuilen’s marvellous Alachikh (Iranian nomadic tent) on the Merri Creek and enjoying it’s capacity as a beautiful community space.

My works continue their own sojourns on tours and in exhibitions here and there. See below for shows in Tweed NSW and Castlemaine VIC.

I’ll soon be in Alice Springs for a couple of months teaching weaving at Central Craft and working with the Yarrenyty Arltere Textile artists of Larapinta Valley.

I’ve listed a host of upcoming classes below for your enjoyment – feel free to pass on to others!

Best Autumn wishes,



Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah South NSW
Dates: 03 March – 18 June

Visit Slipstitch in it’s final venue before the tour draws to a close on June 18.

An Australian perspective on the contemporary uptake of embroidery by a new generation of artists,  Slipstitch considers how the unique attributes of embroidery are employed by artists exploring personal narratives.

An Ararat Regional Art Gallery and NETS Victoria touring exhibition. Curated by Dr Belinda von Mengersen.



Lot 19 Gallery, Castlemaine VIC, NSW
Dates: 10 – 25 June
Opening: 10 June, 12 – 5pm

A contemporary embroidery show in one of Castlemaine’s favourite art spaces.

Curated by Ashley Mariani
Lot 19 Gallery




Newcastle Art Gallery. 26 November 2016 – 5 February 2017 HOLDING: Contemporary Fibre Art brings the creative process of the fibre art medium to life in the Hunter region. The exhibition brings together fibre artists from Austria, Australia, Canada, Hungary, the Netherlands, Spain and the USA and features small and intricate 3D artworks alongside larger…

Group Exchange

Glasshouse Regional Gallery. 3 September – 23 October 2016
The Tamworth Textile Triennial follows a rich cultural heritage of textile practice and excellence in Australia, dating back to 1975. Ilka’s work Dwelling explores interconnectedness and includes photography, embroidery, weaving and sculpture produced in collaboration with Kristian Laemmle-Ruff, Rosemary O’Rourke, Darren Harvey, Chris Sprague and the Merri Creek billabong.


Tweed Regional Gallery. Murwillumbah South NSW
Dates: 03 March – 18 June 2017
Slipstitch presents an Australian perspective on the contemporary uptake of embroidery by a new generation of artists and considers how the unique attributes of this medium are employed as a vehicle for artists exploring personal narratives.