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Knot Fibre Festival to celebrate all things textile

COLOUR FESTIVAL: Knot Fibre Festival organiser Dorothy Walsh.
COLOUR FESTIVAL: Knot Fibre Festival organiser Dorothy Walsh. Sarah Harvey

IF IT'S the Knot Fibre Festival, what is it?

Celebrating all things textile, the Knot Fibre Festival is on in the Ipswich Community Gallery from Thursday to July 6.

It offers lots of free things to do and see for all ages, such as the Press Effect Exhibition, mini workshops, Trunk Talks, collaborations, a parade and plenty of opportunities to participate.

Organiser Mieke den Otter said the Knot Fibre Festival was run by Arts Connect Ipswich.

"We've also had generous support from the Queensland Government's RADF (Regional Arts Development Fund) and Ipswich City Council," she said.

"It had a longer name two years ago. The knot is like a tying together of community; bringing us together, stronger, because it is a community festival; nine days of free things - activities for all ages.

"We've got some women from Seasons at Redbank knitting for us and they're going to come one day and see where it's hanging; we'll have it hanging on the poles.

"The Press Effect is a group of print makers and they are hanging an exhibition on the walls of the community gallery."

This year there is also a website and a Facebook page.

"There will be the Art Dreaming Parade at the opening and we've got a string quartet from a local music school," she said.

"After that there will be paper making, crochet, knitting; the local spinners and weavers are coming; the felt makers have got a little gig on the Saturday and the final day will be a group project of felt.

"Anybody who comes to the festival can join in and we'll be having a Thread Shed - some of our men have made it.

"It will be in the corner of the gallery and there will be tea and coffee so people can sit around there and chat.

"There is a big installation in the Mall and d'Arcy Doyle."

Ms den Otter said the festival had wide appeal across ages, interests, gender, families and cultures.

"Textiles, I think, does that," she said. "We all wear it but I think we're a bit removed from making it so it's good to come together and do something like this."

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Topics:  ipswich community gallery

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