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Sunday, October 5, 2014


(Work by Roy Starke)

Running at artSPACE Durban is Fibreworks VIII, a national exhibition that showcases some of the leading fibre/textile artwork in the country. Fibreworks exhibitions offer a rich and varied experience. The artists come from a variety of arts backgrounds and use predominantly fibres and textiles as their means of expression, freely incorporating   a mixed-media approach to materials and techniques. 

‘Fibre’ refers to materials that are made up of continuous thread-like filaments, including both vegetable and animal fibres such as cotton, paper, and wool, even spider silk. Some fibre artists work with mineral fibres such as nylon. Alternatively, fibre art can be work whose subject matter and content is fibre.

Since this is an art form that encompasses a very large range of techniques, materials and approaches, the fibre artist has the opportunity to expand and explore the medium and subject in almost unlimited ways, both three and two dimensionally.

Artists include Jean Powell, Celia de Villiers, Jeanette Gilks, Odette Tolksdorf, Cathy Knox, Roy Starke and Gina Niederhumer.

Rosalie Dace, a member who is a renowned, international quilting teacher, describes the works as displaying, ‘…a variety of colours and techniques long used in Africa such as dyeing, printing, and embellishing with beads and other found objects. Freshness and unpredictability, colour, sensitivity and strength reflect the energy of Africa today. ‘

The exhibition runs until October 11. artSPACE durban is situated at 3 Millar Road (off Umgeni Road) close to the Waste Centre. More information on 031 312 0793 or visit or