Drill Hall’s Sole-full Exhibition

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The latest group exhibition at the Drill Hall Studio, 'Stepping Out' features the work of Fibres and Fabrics Townsville. IMAGE: Supplied

A North Queensland textile group will put their best foot forward for the latest exhibition at Drill Hall Studio.

Stepping Out features works by Fibres and Fabrics Townsville, almost all of which utilise shoes as a canvas.

Fibres and Fabrics artist Sue Davis said the limits to what members could do were only limited by their imagination.

“I’ve been a member for 12 or 13 years now, and the actual group’s been going for 30 or 40 years,” said Sue.

“It brings together all sorts of craft areas: embroidery, patchwork, spinners and weavers, needlework, lacemaking … It covers everything.

“Often we we have fun little challenges. Last year someone suggested we do something with old shoes. We put a photo up on our Facebook page and the Drill Hall’s Sue Tilley saw it and asked if we had enough for an exhibition.”

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‘Stepping Out’ features more than 20 works by Fibres and Fabrics Townsville.

While many know of Fibres and Fabrics for their regular local exhibitions, the education of members and nurturing of skills is what the group is built on.

“We have a lot of country members, because there are quite a few grey nomads who stop in while they’re in Townsville. Our total membership is close to 100, but the people who are regularly at our gatherings range from 20-30 people.

“Fibres and Fabrics meet each Wednesday at Possum Hollow. It’s a hall at the showgrounds that used to be where fashion parades and things were held.

“Anyone’s welcome to come and see what we do. There’s no requirements to join or anything, just come along and see what you enjoy. We  have an open day during the Townsville Show and have a lot of people come through that way.

“As a group we have a lot of exhibitions: at Perc Tucker, at Pinnacles, and have put in work at the Strand Ephemera for quite a few years.”

Catch the launch of Stepping Out  at the Drill Hall Studio tonight from 6:30pm. For more information, click here.

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