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Pins & Needles: Textile and Technique from the Australian Collection

Start Date 14 February 2004
End Date 4 July 2004
Venue The Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria
Location Melbourne, Australia
Exhibition display of dress

Pins and Needles brings together contemporary, historical, functional, wearable and purely decorative works from the National Gallery of Victoria’s Australian Fashion and Textiles collection. Exploring a diverse range of textile techniques, the exhibition includes everything from quilting, embroidery and screenprinting, to weaving, crochet, knitting and beyond. The range of works gathered in this exhibition celebrate the richness of our local textile design heritage. Many of the distinctive and innovative approaches taken by Australian textile artists past and present are highlighted.

The selected works capture the many levels of textile creation and transformation. Some artists have started with fibres and used a combination of processes to construct a piece, incorporating knots, stitches, loops and weaves. Others have begun on a fabric ground which they embellish, dissolve, dye or print using a variety of methods.

Photo courtesy of National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne