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Brisbane Craft & Quilt Fair

Get a dose of creativity at Brisbane Craft & Quilt Fair!

This year’s Brisbane Craft & Quilt Fair, October 7-11 at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre will celebrate its 21st birthday featuring the latest trends including adult colouring-in, textile and wearable art, embroidery, knitting, paper craft, vintage fashion and a stunning array of quilts! Visitors will experience the oft-touted therapeutic and mood-boosting benefits of the handmade world while exploring the impressive displays, workshops and craft products on offer at Australia’s most popular craft event.

This year’s quilt exhibition is second to none, with the best from two highly anticipated national quilt challenges, ‘True Blue’ and the ‘Lest We Forget Quilt Challenge – 100 years, 100 quilts’, plus a stunning display of local works presented by members of Queensland Quilters Inc.

The ‘True Blue’ challenge features 35 interpretations of the theme, ranging from iconic Australian scenes and Blue Heelers to shades of blue, images of depression, sporting heroes and will feature seven quilts by Queensland entrants. Of note is Queensland artist, Jeannie Henry’s ‘True Blue Jacko the Kookaburra’ quilt (pictured) which was awarded the prestigious first prize at the 2015 Australasian Quilt Convention for her striking and intricate lifelike artwork which captures the beloved Australian Kookaburra’s brilliant blue, lustrous feathers and lovable charm.

Also on display will be 100 captivating and poignant quilts capturing one of Australia’s most defining times, showcased together as a 7.25 metre mosaic in the inspiring ‘Lest We Forget - 100 Years, 100 Quilts’ exhibit which includes works by 15 Queensland artists.

The highly anticipated ‘Best of Australia’ display will showcase the best quilts from each of the eight major state and territory quilt shows.

The annual Queensland Quilt Show presented by Queensland Quilters Inc. features a collection of magnificent entries across eight categories and is representative of a full spectrum of ages, from beginners, to advanced, both amateur and professional. This year’s challenge quilts section was themed, ‘Blue and White/Cream’ providing an endless source of inspiration.

Brisbane’s creative best, The Australian Textile Arts and Surface Design Association (ATASDA) will celebrate their 10th Anniversary with a display of interpretations of the challenge ‘Just Ten’.

Wearable art is another “must-see” draw card at this year’s fair, with an ‘Art U Wear’ exhibition based on the theme, ‘Iconic Australia’.

Paying homage to annual holidays at Australia’s beautiful beaches, Brisbane’s Amber McIntosh won third place with her ‘The Aussie Beach’ dress featuring a sea-blue tulle skirt, people frolicking on fine white sands for the bodice and a wide brimmed hat representing the sun.

The winning entry, Surfing Kangaroo, was created using a ground-breaking technique of interlocking textile boxes to create a pixel art and modifiable design.

Queensland’s vintage style guru, Miss Chrissy from The Lindy Charm School For Girls will share her ‘Make Do and Mend’ styling tips and tricks and fuse these with the modern fashionista world to create new takes on old looks; transforming them effortlessly into an independently glamorous and individually chic look.

The display of soft sculptured birds in the ‘Make a Birdie’ exhibit will inspire crafters to spread their creative wings and feather their nest with something handmade.

A highlight of the show will be a display of vintage and new Japanese boro textiles with items from Jane MacDonald from BeBeBold: Japanese Textiles & Craft and Shuji Yamazaki of Wabi-Sabi Designs showcasing the beauty of aged textiles and how this technique can be used in new work.

For those wanting to stock up on all the latest craft supplies, tools and gadgets, the Fair will be bursting at the seams with specialty and online retailers come to life from all over Australia.

Brisbane Craft & Quilt Fair Admission 

October 7 – 11, 2015 Adults $18

Wednesday – Sunday Age & Disability Pensioners $16

Seniors Card holders $17

Open daily: 9:00am – 4:30pm Children (from 5 to 16 years) $9

Family (2A + 2C) $42

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Bank Children under 5 years Free

Show admission tickets can be bought on the day or online. To learn more and book a ticket online in advance and save, please visit www.craftevents.com.au. #craftandquiltfair

Media Contact: 

Christine Stani, A Little Extra, 02 9999 0853, cms@alittleextra.com.au

Bringing the Craft & Quilt Fair to the digital age, visitors can now download the automatically updated Craft & Quilt Fair App for iPhone or Android. Featuring event information, class timetables and workshop information and easy navigation with a ‘search’ function, textile enthusiasts will have all the information they need at their fingertips. Visit craftevents.com.au and click the Craft & Quilt Fair logo for prompts.

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