Saturday, 3 July 2010

The Crafter's Way 142 - Reddy Arts

 This week's Messenger column - Reddy Arts.

Reddy Arts is a group of like-minded textile artists based in Redcliffe. The small group was formed about 4 years ago with the purpose of extending their quilting horizons with new and innovative methods. Under the guidance of Helen Forrest the group started making and trading postcards and then progressed to journal pages to explore new techniques. They also challenged their creativity by using “ugly fabric” or “serviettes”.
This year the group has taken on a new challenge with the creation of their first group exhibition. Altered Views represents how the group’s Textile work has altered. The themes of the exhibition are “The Gayundah” and “Time”. The members were given a photograph of the Gayundah and given no specific directions, merely to represent it as we see it, through our own altered view. Gayundah, Aboriginal for lightning, was a Queensland Navy ship. The Gayundah enjoyed a colourful history before being towed to the Woody Point foreshore and left at the base of the Woody Point cliffs to act as a breakwater.
Reddy Arts now boasts 10 members. Most are local however two live further afield; Judith Mc Kinlay is from Tasmania and Kathy O’Meara from Gympie. Other Members are Helen Forrest, Sue Duffy, Susan Pietsch, Diane Flint, Jill Burgess, Brenda Wood, Jeannie Henry and Donna Davis. Carmel Schneider is also represented in this exhibition, as she was a founding member of the group.
The Exhibition opens on Friday 9th July at 7pm at the Redcliffe Cultural Centre. Please RSVP your attendance to (07) 3351 1004 or email If you can’t make opening night the Exhibition continues until Saturday 31st July. The group is also holding an Open Day in conjunction with the Exhibition. On Tuesday 20th July, 10am – 2pm join the artists for talks, displays and textile related fun.

The photos from top to bottom: Donna Davis, Brenda Wood and Jill Burgess.

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