Berry Textile Art Exhibition showcases creative colour, design

The Gerringong Children's Medical Research Institute committee aren't ones to rest on their laurels.

After a succesful Jeans for Genes fundraiser and trivia night, the committee is backing up their efforts with an artistic weekend in Berry.

The Berry Textile Art Exhibition opens on Saturday, August 17, from 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday, August 18, from 9.30am to 4pm at the Berry School of Arts.

Quilt of an angel. Caroline Sharkey with her creation.

Quilt of an angel. Caroline Sharkey with her creation.

Entry is $5, with all proceeds to Children's Medical Research Institute Gerringong Committee.

International artist, Kathryn Harmer Fox, from South Africa, will be in Berry for the workshops and the exhibition. Kathryn created the art work featured in the exhibition poster.

As well as Kathryn Harmer Fox, Ro Bruhn, Caroline Sharkey, Kasia Jacquot and Shuji Yamazaki of Wabi Sabi Designs Australia will be featured.

The Berry Textile Art Exhibition will include works by Ro Bruhn, Caroline Sharkey, Susan de Vanny, 2019 Coastal Threads Exhibition and the annual One Red Thread.

Dijanne Cevaal will be a guest artist displaying works by the Women of Boneca de Atauro.

Boneca de Atauro is a women's co-operative on Atauro Island, part of Timor Leste.

"The co-operative consist of 60 or more women who create textile dolls, bags, wall hangings and also run a guest house and small restaurant on Atauro Island, and a small gift shop in Dili," Dijanne said.

"Their goal is to employ women from all backgrounds and their dream is to run an education centre to help with language and vocational skills for all who want to learn more. Their hard work, their dedication and their vision is inspirational."

Don't miss the two person collaborative quilt made by Ingrid Clare (painting) and Caroline Sharkey (stitching) called "Whale Song".

The whales were painted on a stabilized cotton fabric, painted by Ingrid with acrylic paints and sent to Caroline.

Thread stitching all the details into the whales, flowers and water by Caroline, also adding highlights to the whales and some flowers with organza and sheer fabrics, stitching details into flowers and adding free motion leaves.

Whale Song is a two person collaborative quilt by Caroline Sharkey and Ingrid Clare.

Whale Song is a two person collaborative quilt by Caroline Sharkey and Ingrid Clare.

Adding some touch up extra areas with paint by Caroline to finish the surface, quilted by Caroline and facings added.

The vision of whales and flowers is a metaphor for the connection with nature we all have. The artists hope that everyone gets to see the brush strokes, shades and layers, the stitching textures and sheer raw edge applique.

Berry quilter, Elizabeth Dubbelde, who runs the Berry Quilting Retreat and sources all of the exhibits for the Berry Textile Art Exhibition has included her denim quilt entitled " The Rivers Run Blue" and it is a vibrant and striking quilt.