11- 28 May 2013
Lovely write up on Weekend Notes here: www.weekendnotes.com.au/thread-count-an-upcycled-fabric-and-fibre-exhibition/
A common thread runs through the works exhibited at Reverse Emporium at Reverse Garbage's autumn exhibition, Thread Count, with artists focusing on salvaged fabrics and fibres to create gorgeous upcycled works for display and sale.
Thread Count features the work of over 30 local artists, craftworkers and designers who salvage, scavenge and reclaim items to create their works and wares. A diverse range of items will be on display and for sale, including woven, knitted, patchwork and crocheted goodies, fine artworks, paper goods, jewellery, sculptural items, clothing, fashion accessories, decorations, home wares and more!
“We wanted to challenge artists to look at both the possibilities for reusing existing items and also at breaking them down into their component properties and exploring their potential for reuse in this way” says exhibition Co-ordinator, Brooke Nelson.
“Some artists have really delved into the concept” Brooke says “Artist, Delwyn Scurr has created her own plastic yarn or 'plarn' using old bread bags to create crocheted homewares and the result is fantastic”
Other featured works include an upcycled hooded shrug created out of an old mosquito net and salvaged fabric by Sally Dennis, a textile installation created by sewing reclaimed fabrics and salvaged magazines together by Silvanna Maria and cute baby and toddler pants, made from old shirts and sheets by The Button Designs.
"My upcycled baby and toddler pants were a positive response to my frustration with waste and consumption, as well as with the dull mainstream baby clothes available!" says Diana Schultz of The Button Designs.
“Opening night will be a fabulous affair and feature live sets by local Brisbane bands Elbury and The Jason Recliners” says PR Co-ordinator, Rozina Suliman. “Elbury will treat exhibition punters to their blend of lyrical folk with hints of swing and blues and The Jason Recliners explore the landscape of contemporary Austalian life over driving rhythmn and blues that is steeped in acoustic roots and soul” Rozina says.
Thread Count runs from 11 - 28 May 2013, open Monday to Saturday from 9 to 5pm. Reverse Emporium, Reverse Garbage 20 Burke St Woolloongabba.
Opening Night Party: Saturday 11 May 2013
Time: 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Where: Reverse Emporium at Reverse Garbage, 20 Burke Street, Woolloongabba
Our fabulous artists:
Tasha 2 Shoes, Delwyn Scurr, Poblano Palace, Morningstar Designs, The Button Designs, Leigh and Louise, Art by Nicola, Sacred Ibis, Hope Saltwell, Julie Coysh, Very Debra, Silvanna Maria, Waiting for Banjo, Bow Birdie, Cara O'Neil, Rosie Harvest, Tattaratscat, Suzie Porter, Alice Gittins, Sally Macfarlane, Renate Jacobi, Elle and Lou, Sally Dennis, Lyndel Godden, Bog Standard Design and Spiritfire Designs
About the bands:
Elbury: In early 2006, Elbury rose from the ashes of an earlier group as an acoustic two-piece, with a focus on strong melodies, thoughtful lyrics, vocal harmony and complex guitar work. We've added members since then - bass and percussion to fill out the sound - but the goal remains the same. In the current format, Elbury have been playing Brisbane venues for the past two years. We've been compared to The Shins, Belle and Sebastian and Nick Drake and we're currently putting the finishing touches on our second EP and planning for an East Coast tour to support it.
The Jason Recliners: The Jason Recliners driving blues, soul and jazz is personified in trumpet, blues harmonica, keys, acoustic guitar, ukulele, fiddle and bass. Our roots go back to the twenties while our contemporary stories explore the landscape of modern Australian life.
Reduce, Reuse, Romance - February 2013
Reduce, Reuse, Romance, celebrated Valentines Day, Reverse Garbage-style. The exhibition showcased up-cycled objects and art with a romantic flavour that were perfect sustainable gifts for your sweetheart!
Over 30 local artists, craftworkers and designers exhibited fabulous works and wares made using salvaged and reclaimed materials! Entertainment on opening night was provided by lovely Jen from Little Planes Land and energetic Zvonsky!
Festive Collective - November - December 2012
Reverse Emporium at Reverse Garbage’s end of year exhibition promoted sustainable Christmas gifts for friends and family, handmade with love!
The exhibition showcased jewellery, soft furnishings, home wares, fine artworks, paper goods and gifts for the eco-conscious buyer! These original items were the work of over 30 talented Brisbane artists, craft workers and designers who salvage, re-use and up-cycle materials to create their works and wares!
We also kicked up our heels and celebrated the end of the year with an opening night party that featured fabulous live local bands, Hawk & Bone and Out of Abingdon!
Junkie Couture II - September 2012
Sustainable fashion featured at Reverse Garbage’s spring wearable art exhibition, Junkie Couture II.
The exhibition kicked off with the vocal stylings of Georgia Rose, a sustainable fashion parade and featured a fabulous array of wearable art pieces, clothing, jewellery, hats, fascinators, shoes, accessories and adornments alongside other fashion inspired items such as soft furnishings, home wares, fine artworks and paper goods by over 30 local artists, craftworkers and designers who work with salvaged materials.
Salvage Garden - May 2012
Salvage Garden showcased the work of over thirty local artists, craft workers and designers who work with salvaged materials. The exhibition included a diverse display of jewellery, furniture, fine art works, home wares, clothing and more, all inspired by natural environments and materials.
The opening event also came with a couple of gremlin-shaped twists as the Woodfordian street performance group took over the Reverse Garbage car park to launch their budget airline for six nights in May as part of the Anywhere Theatre Festival! They were joined on opening night by special guests, The Mouldy Lovers, who shared their brand of exuberant gypsy funk!
Trash Amour - February 2012
Reverse Garbage celebrated the traditionally loved up month of February with a handmade, junky, art exhibition with a twist! Forget traditional flowers, teddy bears and chocolates, this exhibition showcased romantic handmade objects with attitude and edge!
Opening night also kicked off with sets from Barren Fields and The Midnight Revelators.
I Heart Handmade - December 2011
I Heart Handmade focused on affordable, sustainable gift-giving! The exhibition comprised of beautifully hand crafted art and eco-gifts from over thirty fabulous local artists, craftworkers and designers. Most items wre priced at $50 or less which made Reverse Emporium the one stop shop for fantastic handmade eco conscious gifts! The exhibition was opened with fat acoustic grooves from local band, Hawk & Bone.
Materialistic - September 2011
A sustainable art exhibition for material boys and girls, with a conscience, Materialistic focused on all things textile, fabric and material, quirky, innovative and fabulous! Fashion, accessories and vogue met re-use and sustainability with this exhibition of beautiful handmade sustainable items.
And, on opening night, punters were treated to a set of deep, dirty, glitchy, electro-house from the fabulous Maberley & Petein!
New Beginnings – May 2011
The exhibition celebrated new beginnings for salvaged materials as well as Reverse Garbage's new beginning! Not only was this exhibition the first in our Woolloongabba warehouse, but also the launch of our new gallery space and gift shop, Reverse Emporium.
Talented local artists, craft workers and designers exhibited a fabulous range of artworks, jewellery, furniture, home wares, gifts and trinkets.
The Reverse Emporium space was launched with an opening party featuring a set from the wonderful Turkey & Goose and lovely Uke Hunters!
Reverse Garbage Presents: A Very Eco Christmas – December 2010
A Christmas extravaganza for the eco conscious gift buyer! This exhibition was also a fundraising event leading up to our big warehouse move. The opening night featured an auction of our iconic cardboard barrels filled with goodies from local businesses as well as gorgeous decorated barrels hand painted by some of Reverse Garbage’s artistic friends!
Junkie Couture - September 2010
A wearable art exhibition that promoted sustainability in the fashion industry and showcased original handmade fashion and accessories. Up-and-coming artists, jewellers, milliners and designers from around Australia exhibited beautiful and diverse works made from materials salvaged from the waste stream.
Reverse Garbage also ran a workshop in conjunction with the exhibition teaching techniques for creating sustainable wearable art pieces.
Plastic Fantastic!?! - June 2010
On World Environment Day, 5 June 2010, Reverse Garbage launched Plastic Fantastic!?! an exhibition of jewellery, sculpture, home wares, trinkets and toys made from salvaged plastics and raising awareness about the problems of over consumption of resources in the community.
Too often we throw away plastic bottles and containers after just one use.
Much of this waste is recycled with large amounts of energy used to melt it down and create new items. Even worse, a lot of these bottles and containers end up in our landfills where they slowly breakdown leaching toxic chemicals into the environment. The best solution is to reducing our consumption by using reusable containers instead.
Your Place… or Mine? – February 2010
Reverse Garbage celebrated Valentines Day at home with Your place...or mine? an exhibition of handmade home wares crafted from salvaged materials.
SH!FT - November 2009
During the month of National Recycling Week, Reverse Garbage challenged Brisbane artists to SH!FT the materials they use in their work to eco-friendly salvaged materials, whilst at the same time helping YOU to SH!FT the way you see waste. A broad array of items were exhibited including jewellery, home wares, toys and art.
Res·o·nance - August 2009
August - a time for Brisbane residents to reflect on the sounds of their community. Whether it be the sounds of the live music festivals, the sounds of country activities during ‘EKKA’ or the sounds of feet hitting the pavements for the Bridge to Brisbane fun run, the August winds carry the sounds through our city and energise us to resonate with our surrounding community. Artworks in the exhibition reflected sound, movement, energy and community through salvaged materials.
Love, Beauty and Women - May 2009
This exhibition was a reflection on what is important about being a woman in today’s society however the exhibition was not limited to women. The whole community was invited to participate in the exhibition that explored love, beauty and women.
Renaissance - November 2008
The title Renaissance was selected for its rebirth and renewal connotations. Artists were invited to breathe new life into discarded materials creating art pieces perfect for the ecologically sound Christmas present.
Adorn Me - June 2008
Adorn me… was the invitation for artists to explore links between primal choices of bodily expression and modern fashion. Each artist produced work using 75 per cent or more recycled materials that tackled concepts surrounding adornment.
Exhibiting artist Cindy Parker said, “we live in a throw-away society characterised by an endless array of choices and ever-emerging wants.” Her necklaces were made from found modern items including zips, Barbie doll feet and rubbish from the beach.
Re-Creations - Nov 2007
This Christmas exhibition included jewellery (rings, necklaces, brooches, cuffs), decorative wall panels, purses and bags, soft toys, decorative hanging garlands, drink coasters, light summery hand-felted wraps/scarves, felted Christmas decorations and more.
Threads of Change - July 2007
A textile-focused exhibition that featured a range of felted, quilted, woven and stitched works by more than a dozen talented local artists and designers.
Works exhibited included shawls and wraps, hand and shoulder bags, hats, soft sculptures, puppets and marionettes, jewellery, toys and home ware items including tea cosies, woven baskets, wall hangings and quilts.
An exciting series of textile-based workshops were run in conjunction with the exhibition. Lesa Hepburn facilitated a paper making workshop and Wendy Bailye introduced participants to the fine art of felting.
Junk-IT - mid-2006
Junk-IT was an exciting exhibition that encouraged artists and designers to incorporate disused computer and IT components in their works of art. Junk-IT featured lamps, handbags, jewellery, clocks, key rings, notebooks, a sculpture - all crafted from computers parts that were destined for landfill.