quilting exhibitions

TCF2013 will feature several quilting exhibitions this year at the Rotary Pavilion at Venue 5a...

Finalists in the 2013 Rotary Hoffman Challenge, through the Tasmanian Craft Fair, alongside works from acclaimed quilters Ken Smith, Julie Haddrick (on behalf of Bernina quilts) and Leesa Chandler.
2013 Rotary Hoffmann Challenge winner announced... see below.

Ken Smith

Textile artist and tutor Ken Smith’s specialities are freehand machine embroidery and Aussie shibori, both on silk. His machine-embroidery style has been developed during more than forty years, its current focus being the richness and variety of the machine stitch (occasionally supported by hand stitchery). He is known for fine detail, texture, and for exploring the possibilities of layering and three-dimensional effects in wall pieces, wearable art and art-to-wear accessories. Ken’s Aussie shibori  features patterns created by his own adaptations, combinations and variations of traditional Japanese shibori techniques. He uses vibrant colour, instead of indigo, as a way of reflecting the colourful Australian environment.

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Leesa Chandler

Leesa was introduced to sewing at an early age by her grandmother, with embroidery, knitting and hand-sewing. She set up her own handcraft business at 14, selling to local gift shops and friends, and embarked on making her first quilt at 18, more than 25 years ago.
Leesa has been teaching for over 10 years, and travels to teach throughout Australia. When not on the road, Leesa is managing and teaching in her own boutique patchwork shop and studio in Melbourne, Chandler’s Cottage.
She sources her inspiration for designing from different cultures such as Japanese, Middle Eastern, Chinese and Australian. Leesa loves teaching and sharing her obsession with rich decadent prints, as well as three dimensional appliqué and handbag design.
She has also designed the fabric for the 2014 Rotary Textile Challenge, which will be released at TCF2013 on November 1.

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Julie Haddrick

Julie has been a student of textiles for most of her life, exploring colour, design, ornamentation, techniques and media. Part-time work has enabled her to attend a multitude of courses, none of which led directly to quilting, but in 1998 she leapt into quilt-making. This journey has been the highlight of her creative pursuits.  Julie specialises in original stained glass and applique wall quilts and her work features hand-dyed and printed fabrics. She teaches art-oriented design techniques and quilting that encourages originality, confidence and creative expression in her students.

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image2 - Sponsor, Berina

Rotary Textile Challenge 2014

This year’s event will be curated by Diane Brittlebank, of Bengeo Retreat, Deloraine, on behalf of Rotary.
The fabric will be designed by Leesa Chandler, of Chandler’s Cottage which is also this year’s major sponsor.

The 2014 Challenge fabric will be released on Friday, November 1, at TCF2013. Challenge packs will be available for purchase at Venue 5 throughout TCF.


The winner of the Rotary Hoffman Challenge, through the Tasmanian Craft Fair, has been announced, with Sherrie Jewson taking out the prize for her work “Fractal Art Whole Cloth”.

Highly commended were Cindy Watkins for her piece titled “Fire & Ice” and Diane Eaton for “Waiting for Johannes”.

This is the third time the Challenge has been held in Tasmania, inviting quilters from all over the world to take the nominated Hoffman fabric to form the basis of a piece of art. Similar competitions are held annually in the US and New Zealand.

Patrons at the Craft Fair will have the opportunity to see all finalists in the Rotary Hoffman Challenge exhibition at Rotary Pavilion (Venue 5a) this weekend. The Rotary Hoffman Challenge is curated by Diane Brittlebank, of Bengeo Retreat in Deloraine.

In 2014, the inaugural Rotary Textile Challenge will be held, with the fabric being designed by Leesa Chandler, of Chandler’s Cottage. Challenge packs for the 2014 competition are also available from the exhibition this weekend.

2013 hoffman winner



image1 - Chandlers Cottage, www.chandlerscottage.com
image2 - Bernina
image3 - Sewknit
image4 - TCF


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