Ticketed , $89 Full / $69 ACE Associate/Concession.
Ace Open Front Room
Join artist Katie West for an introduction to making and working with natural dyes. The workshop will begin with a walk along the banks of Karrawirra Parri (Torrens River) to identify and source flora for dyeing. Through the act of gathering materials for the dyes, we get to know each other, and the place where we are walking. Back at ACE Open, you will work with Katie to create your own unique dye and use this to stain and manipulate fabric to create your own individual textile piece.
Throughout the workshop Katie will also discuss ways of introducing processes centred around sustainability into your creative practice. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about working with natural materials from collection through to creation.
Please note that this workshop will include walking and foraging. Certain paths and foraging areas may not be fully accessible. As with all ACE Open programs, please contact us before making a booking to discuss your access requirements and we will work with you to meet these needs as best we can.
ACE Open’s workshop program provides a unique opportunity to learn new skills and engage with leading contemporary artists in a creative, social and participatory environment. Designed to suit a range of skill levels and interests, these artist-led programs offer all audiences – from curious gallery-goers through to practicing artists – an opportunity to learn a range of creative techniques through hands-on, practical classes.
KATIE WEST was born in Perth, Western Australia, and belongs to the Yindjibarndi people of the Pilbara tablelands. Naturally dyeing textiles, meditation, gaining plant knowledge, making tea, collecting sounds, using her voice and writing scores are the main elements of her installation and socially based practice. Katie’s first major commission Decolonist, for Next Wave Festival 2016, utilized the practice of meditation as a response to transgenerational trauma and a way to decolonise the self. Katie holds a Master of Contemporary Art from the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, where she was awarded the Dominik Mersch Gallery Award and the Falls Creek Resort Indigenous Award. In addition to her individual practice Katie is engaged in an ongoing collaborative project with artist Fayen d’Evie called Museum Incognita, which seeks to behold concealed and neglected histories through embodied encounters with place.