The Travelling Thread - 2010Inpiration from Richard Woldenthorpe photo

This highly successful exhibition was held at the the Old Bakery Gallery in Maylands in 2010. The Travelling Thread exhibition was very much a group effort, with an enormous range of textile artworks being submitted from 22 members. Individual pieces inspired by the 'thread' or the 'travel' theme, displayed different techniques, fabrics, fibres, yarns, threads and colour combinations.     

WA photographer Richard Woldendorp opened the exhibition and was the inspiration for a large group exhibit, 'Oceans Well Travelled' comprising 28 pieces. Each member contributed a panel of the landscape, demonstrating a variety of fibre techniques and teamwork. See slideshow below.

textile art perth 84 group exhibit textile


And the final group piece, now hangs in Alexander Park Craft House -  as a permanent reminder.

84 group textile collage


Article from the Community Group paper:

Embroidering a new thread

Secretary of The 84 Group Jennie Abbott with some of the works on display in The Travelling Thread exhibition.


A COLOURFUL collection of intricate machine embroidery is on display in Maylands.
The 84 Group has put the work of 23 of its members on show in an exhibition entitled The Travelling Thread.
This is the second time the group has exhibited at the Old Bakery on 8th Gallery and Cafe.
Secretary and founding member Jennie Abbott said the main aim of showcasing the work was to develop the focus of the group and provide an opportunity for some of the newer members to experience the process of presenting an exhibition of their work.
“Our main challenge for this exhibition was to produce the group project – an opportunity for even the most inexperienced to share their knowledge and skills in the creation of a large piece based on a photograph taken by eminent photographer Richard Woldendorp ,” she said.
Decorative and wearable artwork also forms part of the show.
Mrs Abbott said the group formed in 1984 after a series of workshops at a time when there were few embroiderers exploring the techniques of free machine embroidery.
“We all believed we were completely alone, so discovering others out there with the same interest was very exciting,” she said.