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Fiona Gavino: Community Art Installation – Random Weaving

Drop in on Festival Initiate’s feature artist to learn the basketry technique of random weaving using cane. Contribute to this site-specific live art installation, situated within Bathers Beach Art Precinct, home to numerous artist studios, galleries and arts businesses including Fiona’s studio The Lab. Fiona Gavino is a nationally recognised fibre artist applying the potential of basket making materials and techniques to create sculpture and installation. With her Australian, Filipino, and Maori heritage, she’s been described as an intercultural artist working the traditional into the contemporary.   Open access, free and all ages (children must be assisted by an adult). In the…

Holly O’Meehan: Netting & Interlocking Fibres

A textile of open spaces, interlocking fibres knotted, fused or looped at junctions; netting is a versatile structure of varied properties and uses. Learn this technique to create diverse outcomes; from a suspended sculptural piece to a collapsible shopping bag. Holly O’Meehan is an emerging artist whose process heavy practice attempts to hero the handmade. Through the use of ancient craft techniques her work explores the laboured intervention of the maker within a contemporary art scene. Bookings essential. This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event, part of Fremantle's Heritage Festival 2018. Initiate VERB to introduce someone to a skill, subject, or activity and teach…

Lea Taylor: Coiling & Basket Making

Learn the ancient and widespread craft of coiling and basketry utilising Lea’s uniquely coloured, hand-dyed, natural raffia. Be treated to three hours of culture and yarning with likeminded women and take home a beautifully handcrafted basket. Lea Taylor is a proud Wadandi/Minang/Koreng English yok of the Bibbulmun nation and an award winning Aboriginal weaver and artist. Taylor shares her culture through conversation and her art practice.  Cultural content appropriate for women only. Bookings essential. This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event, part of Fremantle's Heritage Festival 2018. Initiate VERB to introduce someone to a skill, subject, or activity and teach them about it. In its…

Louise Snook: Felting 3D Forms

Contrary to woven fabrics of interlocking warp and weft, felt consists of matted fibres with no apparent order, bound by moisture and agitation. Learn this physical and rewarding process utilising wool fibres– design, felt and stuff a creature, object or toy. Louise Snook is a textile artist, passionate about assisting others tapping into their own creativity. A past President of WAFTA; she has extensive experience facilitating community-art projects and textile process workshops drawing on her broad skill base. Bookings essential. This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event, part of Fremantle's Heritage Festival 2018. Initiate VERB to introduce someone to a skill, subject, or activity…

Open Studios and Galleries

Bathers Beach Art Precinct, located within the historic Arthur Head area of Fremantle is home to many artists and galleries. Begin your visit with resident artist, Fiona Gavino who will facilitate an open access installation, free for those who wish to learn the basketry technique of random weaving and contribute to this community artwork. Fiona’s work will respond to the site within Harris Architects’ much-loved High Tide Hub, located next to the Round House. Continue on as you walk downhill, popping into the art studios and galleries along Captains Lane, Mrs Trivett Place, downstairs to J Shed (where you may wish to pause…

Sian Boucherd: String Making, Twining, Wrapping & Knotting

Learn the techniques of string making, twining, wrapping and knotting. Use these versatile processes to develop your weaving skills and discover how they can be applied to various media, with endless sculptural possibilities. Leaving her curatorial practice in London in 2012, Sian Boucherd’s focus has shifted to the studio. She employs natural fibres to create meticulously handcrafted vessels. Bouchard’s practice explores an interest in the ephemerality of the medium, implicit connections to nature and female lineage. Bookings essential. This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event, part of Fremantle's Heritage Festival 2018. Initiate VERB to introduce someone to a skill, subject, or activity and teach…

Trudi Pollard: Shibori & Natural Indigo Dyeing

Shibori, an 8th century Japanese resist dyeing process whereby cloth is compressed, bound, stitched and/or folded to create unique patterns. Learn shibori techniques plus how to create and preserve an indigo fermenting vat using ingredients from your garden. Trudi Pollard is seen as a pioneer and foremost expert on WA’s natural dyes; working, studying, lecturing and teaching textile arts and ceramics for 30+ years. She is fascinated by the visual feast within our landscape and the geology and anthropology underpinning it. Bookings essential. This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event, part of Fremantle's Heritage Festival 2018. Initiate VERB to introduce someone to a skill,…

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Arthur Grady Display and Classic Car Show

In 1924 Fremantle bicycle maker Arthur Grady became the first person to ride a motorcycle around Australia. Join other motor enthusiasts at the WA Maritime Museum to celebrate this incredible piece of local history. Collectors will be showcasing their veteran, vintage and classic motorcycles. Classic Customs and Hot Rods of Perth will be displaying some incredible classic cars and hot rods, and the Vintage Pram Society will be bringing along some beautiful prams. Arthur Grady Display and Vintage Pram 10am – 12.30pm Car Show 10am – 3pm

Fashion Artisans – Then and Now

Join our walking tour for a truly fascinating glimpse into the rich history of Fremantle’s makers of all things fashionable. Enter the studios of our present day makers and see how they apply their artistic talents into creating their own brand of desirable products. Hosted by the effervescent designer, Deborah Mckendrick, who has been a maker in Fremantle since the early eighties.                   

A Pirate's Life

Ahoy! Bring buccaneering stories to life through pirate myth busting, interactive pirate challenges, shipmate skills and general skulduggery in our Fremantle Heritage Festival special edition of Pirate Mania. This fun, interactive session will ask participants to challenge their common sense of where pirates belong in history, and explore some exciting stories that have nurtured the image of pirates in popular imagination. 

Ariane Palassis: Totem Vessels - Crocheting & Shaping

Ariane will teach the techniques of crocheting and shaping to create a freeform ‘totem’ vessel. From starting a piece, extend on the basic ‘knots’ and be introduced to crochet as a tool for sculptural expression. You are invited to bring along small objects and items to incorporate into your piece. Ariane Palassis’ practice follows her architectural interest in analysis of place as a repository of human memory and experience. Being Australian with Greek heritage, the displaced old world rituals, family mythologies and cultural traditions, plus bibliophilic tendencies all play a role in her work.  Bookings essential. This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event,…

Kelsey Ashe Giambazi: Illustration & Textile Pattern Design

Guided through a series of exercises, you will draw botanicals, patterns, clothing, figures, faces and textile designs.Participants will experiment with a range of media to develop a mini-portfolio of textile and fashion designs plus a final finished 'signature' Illustration. As a multi- disciplinary artist, Kelsey Ashe Gaimbazi works across several disciplines in a signature style of decorative exoticism. Nearing the completion of her PhD in Art, she lectures at Curtin University in Fashion Illustration, the History of Costume, Textile Design and Fashion Design. Bookings essential. This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event, part of Fremantle's Heritage Festival 2018. Initiate VERB to introduce someone to…

Olga Cironis: Introducing Meaning – Embroidery & Stitching

A stitch is a single, complete movement of a threaded needle and is also the foundation of embroidery, the embellishment of fabric with needlework. Learn stitching and extend this skill into embroidery as an art form whereby the process adds meaning to the clothing, fabric or object. Bring some fabric of significance from home. Olga Cironis is a multidisciplinary artist who explores the murky undertones and impact of history and memory on identity. She examines ideas of belonging in today’s cultural globalisation –notably, appropriated histories and accepted attitudes in Australia’s cultural and social landscape. Bookings essential. This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event, part…

Sheree Dornan: Drawing on Japanese Boro – Hand Painting, Staining & Stitch

In Japan during the Edo period, family histories became embedded in garments through a process of patching, embellishing and repurposing cloth. Draw on this art of Boro; create a textile panel using hand painting and paint staining enhanced with stitch; an antidote to today’s fast-fashion industry. Sheree Dornan is an artist who employs digital and manual processes in the areas of painting and surface and garment design.  Her textile works have an heirloom quality with attention to detail and integral consideration of wastage, often using reclaimed items in design or production. Bookings essential. This is a Festival Initiate: Fibre event, part of…

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Events and festivals

Fremantle has a legendary festival and events scene that stretches across the whole spectrum of music, arts, heritage, food and entertainment from the fantastic Fremantle International Street Arts Festival, St. Jerome's Laneway Festival and the biennial Sculptures @ Bathers. Plan your next visit to Fremantle by checking out what’s on in Freo today. And don’t forget to look at our eat and drink listings to find a great spot for dinner or a drink when you’re here.