LOCAL textile and fibre artists from community group Stitching and Beyond have been busy weaving baskets, stitching quilts and sewing clothes for the biennial Out of Hand Exhibition.

Stitching and Beyond, which has about 136 members across Tasmania was established in 2005 to celebrate the work of artists who explore innovative and diverse approaches to fibre and textile arts.

To celebrate the creativity of its members, the group is hosting its biennial exhibition at the Salamanca Arts Centre’s Long Gallery from 22 September to 4 October.

Out of Hand Exhibition coordinator Karen Stack said it would showcase the diverse talents and abilities of a diverse range of people.

“People in our group have such varied talents,” she said.

“We don’t cover just quilting or embroidery, it encompasses a lot of things.

“People are so helpful in sharing their ideas and what they know, as well as encouraging you.”

The exhibition will include woven baskets, embroidery items, quilts, shoes, bags, books, costumes, work from paper makers and artists, plus many more wares.

The exhibition will also include challenges pieces from 2020 and 2021 in the Sidespace Gallery.

The challenge pieces were based on a theme, with 2020 being about the theme of ‘Emerge’ and the 2021 theme being ‘Black and White + One’.

“It’s amazing the variety and number of pieces we’ve got just based on Black and White + One because you can interpret the one as either being an object or a colour – the possibilities are endless,” Ms Stack said.

“Hopefully we’ll also have some people working in the space, so people can see the process that we go through.”

Stitching and Beyond members meet once a month at the Kingston Library – Learning Centre, 8 Hutchins Street, Kingston for share and tell.

“People will show us what they’ve done and we have a bit of a talk about that, and if someone wants to show us a technique, we’ll spend some time doing that,” Stitching and Beyond committee member Jude Walker said.

“People join for the company and the like mindedness – we all enjoy doing the same things.

“We’re creative people and we like to share, teach and learn.

“It’s nice to show our stuff to other people and then get feedback.”

Entry is free, but a gold coin donation is welcomed.

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