visual artist - textiles - sculpture

Spring News


Hello everyone!

We’re slowly easing into Spring here in Victoria and the bush is awash with wattle.

My Winter highlight was a 6 week textile jewellery project with Yarrenyty Arltere in Alice Springs. It’s been a great privilege to work in this shimmeringly beautiful country with such gracious and resilient artists.

The soft sculptural jewels that grew from our time together have been really well received at Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair and a select few (below) are now showing in Desert Mob, Central Australia’s major Indigenous Art event, until 22 October.

To purchase, contact Araluen Art Centre on (08) 8951 1122, or email (Be quick – two have already sold!)

Bush dyed blanket, silks, cyanotype, ininti seeds and wool. $850 – $880 ea.

Left to Right:

Marlene Rubuntja “The lines are like water running through the country; this could make you feel sad or happy”

Rhonda Sharpe “To keep you strong in the heart when you wear this, and safe”

Dulcie Raggett “This little bird might bring love letter- it might come true if you wear this necklace” SOLD

Louise Robertson “Sewing country all over this necklace, makes you feel connected, know where we belong”

Marlene Rubuntja “My full up bush handbag coolamon necklace- why not!” SOLD

Some of our work in progress is now on my website under Yarrenyty Artlere, along with last year’s project in Broome with Nagula Jarndu

I also enjoyed teaching at Central Craft in Alice and all over town since coming home.

The Artist Collective Field Theory brought me into their Bunker project at ACCA to workshop textile skills for survival as part of the Greater Together Exhibition.

I have another Certificate Weaving Course underway at the Guild with terrific students and my workshops continue from Williamstown to Brunswick, up to Kyneton and on to Newstead’s lovely Arts Hub.

In other News … I’m returning to my regional roots!

From November I’ll be based in Castlemaine and look forward to teeing up more country offerings in time, alongside my regular Melbourne favourites. Right now I’m preparing work for Lot 19’s Spring Sculpture Show – details below.

I have tools and will travel, so let me know if you’d like me to visit your part of the world.

Best Spring wishes,

Love Ilka

Instagram: @ilkawhite

Images: Bill Pheasant & Sophie Wallace (Yarrenyty Arltere), Bradley Garrett & Anna Schoo (Field Theory)