2011 COURSES AND CURRENT RESEARCH

For the next workshop date phone 0427355629

or email to be placed on the waiting list: susan.fellmclean@bigpond.com

CONTEMPORARY TEXTILES WORKSHOPS

To be conducted by Susan Fell Mclean

Byron Bay

WEEKEND FELTING

to reserve your place ph. 0427355629 or email susan.fellmclean@bigpond.com

SUNDAY FELT 2 x Sundays Sept 18 & 25

FELT A GARMENT IN A WEEKEND for experienced felters

Sat & Sun Oct 1 & 2

BLACK - discharge- shibori and block printing (silk cotton & bamboo)

Oct 21/22 and 2

ALL BLUES shibori and indigo dyeing

STITCH, DRAW, DECONSTRUCT & RECONSTRUCT

A one workshop Brisbane

for Qld Spinners Weavers & Fibre Artists

Saturday 28th April

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Scarf 2010, post Kyoto research trip

Scarf 2010, post Kyoto research trip
bamboo & silk Katazome, discharge

Silk scarf ref # 0100502

Silk scarf ref # 0100502
Discharge Katazome

Silk Shibori Scarf Ref #0100503

Silk Shibori Scarf  Ref #0100503
Itajime and Katano shibori, Discharge Katazome

TEXTILE MAGAZINE

TEXTILE MAGAZINE

EXHIBITIONS

EXHIBITIONS

Art Cloth Engaging New Visions

Art Cloth Engaging New Visions
International invitational Exhibition

Shroud of Ancient Echoes

Shroud of Ancient Echoes
ART CLOTH (detail)

TAFTA TEXTILE FORUM MAGAZINE NO 98

READ ABOUT SUSAN'S EXHIBITION IN THE CURRENT EDITION page 39 NO 98 http://www.tafta.org.au/current-issue.html

Six Memos

Six Memos
Shepparton Art Gallery

Lightness

Lightness

Lightness

Lightness
Pleated and shaped Silk organza, cotton ribbon, hat wire,

Multiplicity installation

Multiplicity installation
itajime shibori wool dyed with eucalyptus

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Six Memos - Shepparton Art Gallery

An exhibition of textile sculpture installations by 

Susan Fell Mclean

Oct 3-Nov 15 2009 Curator Jo Ely

‘Six Memos’ is an exciting new exhibition by internationally recognised textile artist Susan Fell Mclean.

In this new body of work, Mclean challenges the traditional ways in which textile art is perceived and represented. Six large-scale installations inhabit the gallery space, repositioning textile as an extension of sculpture and contemporary critical concerns.

The exhibition is not focussed on technique alone. Mclean has taken inspiration from the writings of literary great, Italo Calvino. In his seminal text, Six Memos for the Next Millennium, Calvino identified six key values that elevate us beyond the human condition, reiterating them as a set of principles to guide us into the twentieth century and beyond. Mclean interprets and responds to these values – Visibility, Exactitude, Lightness, Quickness, Multiplicity and Consistency – as they relate to contemporary society.

Each of the values is explained as a balance between the meaning of the value and its antithesis. For instance, we cannot understand lightness without comprehending heaviness. We cannot comprehend quickness without having experienced slowness and deliberation. To understand exactitude we need to experience chaos and disorder. And so on.

The resultant artworks transgress the boundaries of textile art, combining very traditional textile dying and making techniques with contemporary sculptural concerns and notions of sustainable living.

Based in Euroa, in Northern Victoria, Mclean extracts many of her dyes from Australian eucalyptus leaves, producing the soft and subtle colours which characterise her work. These organic and muted hues, together with delicate Japanese Rozome and Shibori techniques, create layered and textural artworks evocative of the arid Australian landscape.

This is an exhibition of exceptional and visionary artworks.

Susan Fell Mclean has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions nationally, as well as in Belgium, Canada, France, Italy and Malaysia. In 2008 she was invited to exhibit textile work in the Parisienne exhibitions, ‘Australia Naturally’ and ‘Sculptured Packages’, and had a short film screened at the Musee du Quai Branly.  She holds a Master of Visual Arts from Monash University. Whilst studying, she was awarded a highly sought-after studio position at the Palazzo Vaj, Prato,Tuscany, Italy. She regularly attends international conferences as a speaker and exhibitor. Wall text by Curator Jo Ely