Exhibition at Australian Design Centre from 25 March to 13 May 2021


Signatures: the mark as the embodiment of identity and intent
presents new works from Untethered Fibre Artists Inc. Eighteen New South Wales artists interrogate, interpret and respond to the theme ‘signatures’ in this interrelated exhibition.

Signatures investigates the making of a mark – the distinctive pattern, notion or characteristic by which someone or something may be identified. Each artwork rephrases assumptions and reflects the diversity in approach to art-making in fibre.

The theme, 'signatures', has potential to delve into rich resources - from the tangible to the non-tangible, the personal to the communal. These artworks are under-pinned by the past, present and future experience of the artists and their communities.

The artists include:

Jane Bodnaruk | Carolyn Cabena | Pam de Groot | Jennifer Florey | Desdemona Foster | Cathie Griffith | Fiona Hammond | Margo-Lynne Lee | Catherine Lees | Denise Lithgow | Brenda Livermore | Helen MacRitchie | Mandy McAlister | Robyn McGrath | Samantha Tannous | Kirry Toose | Judith Wilson | Elaine Witton

Founded in 2014 Untethered Fibre Artists Inc. produce and exhibit art using fibre and textile materials and processes. Recognising that creating artworks using fibre is often time consuming and driven by a shared desire to exhibit their works, the group formed with the purpose of making opportunities to exhibit works annually. The group provides a forum for members’ artistic expression and development of fibre art practices within the context of contemporary fibre art and referencing the artist as maker. Their exhibitions explore themes of personal narratives, social and political issues and the perspectives of women in both an intimate and world view.

Events and workshops:

Signatures: the mark as the embodiment of identity and intent opening night
Join us for the formal exhibition launch of Signatures: the mark as the embodiment of identity and intent featuring new works from NSW collective Untethered Fibre Artists Inc. 
When: Thursday 25 March, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: ADC
Free event, booking required

Small Wonders: Brooch making workshop
Join exhibiting textile artist Margo-Lynne Lee for a decorative stitching workshop. Participants will learn techniques such as hand stitching, weaving and embellishment and will create their own “small wonder” – a brooch to take home!
When: Thursday 29 April, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: ADC
Ticketed event, booking required

Signatures: Artist's Talk (1 May)
Join five of the textile and fibre artists in the exhibition Signatures: the mark as the embodiment of identity and intent as talk about their work in the exhibition.
When: Saturday 01 May, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Where: ADC
Free event, booking required

Signatures: Artist's Talk (8 May)
Join five of the textile and fibre artists in the exhibition Signatures: the mark as the embodiment of identity and intent as talk about their work in the exhibition.
When: Saturday 08 May, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Where: ADC
Free event, booking required

Creative Felting: Felting for arts Sake with Denise Lithgow
Learn about the specialised techniques involved in the art of felting. Join renowned textile artist Denise Lithgow as she demonstrates the various stages involved in creating her artistic pieces.
When: Saturday 08 May, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Where: ADC
Ticketed event, booking required

Image: Brenda Livermore, Continuum, 2020. Photo: Janet Tavener.

Jane Bodnaruk

Portraits of the Domestic, 2020

Carolyn Cabena

Oneself, 2020

Pam de Groot

Data Signatures, 2020

Jennifer Florey

Flayed, 2020

Skinned, 2020

Desdemona Foster

Nightly Ritual, 2020

Cathie Griffith

Bowerbird for Red, 2020

Fiona Hammond

Syncopation, 2020

Margo-Lynne Lee

Fissures, 2020

Catherine Lees

Cardiacus, 2020

Denise Lithgow

Looking With-In, 2020

Brenda Livermore

Continuum, 2020

Familiar Ground, 2020

Helen MacRitchie

Lifting the Spirit, 2020

Mandy McAlister

Entropy, 2020

Robyn McGrath

Printed/ Imprinted, 2020

Kirry Toose

Null & Void, 2020

Judith Wilson

Bloodlines, 2020

Elaine Witton

Identity, 2020