Charlotte Haywood-Green Asylum

Welcome to Charlotte Haywood-Green Asylum.

Green Asylum is a large-scale experimental textile and video installation that blurs the boundaries between tapestry weaving and architecture, landscape and language by multi-disciplinary creative Charlotte Haywood.

Haywood’s architectural tapestry and video works tell stories within the Australian landscape seeking narrative and language from the past-present-and-future. Her work is influenced by ephemeral, temporary and sacred shelters, specifically the structures of Indigenous Australia, Asia, Euro-centric steeples and refugee tents from which she creates multi-threaded and multi-narrative architectural forms.

Materiality and tactility are key in these works – the large-scale tapestry weaving embodies cultural practices and rituals that are symbolic of various forms of living, and include re-purposed hospital blankets, tarps, uniforms, high-vis safety gear, life jackets, dressing gowns, sheets, mourning attire, towels, active wear, camo, agri-mat and babies’ blankets.

Haywood is interested in culture and landscape and feels in Australia you cannot look at this without engaging with Indigenous culture, language and history.  Her work describes cultural practices, knowledge sharing, navigation, ‘emoji’, pop content and language that inform our everyday landscape.  She includes diverse cultural and linguistic groups within Australia in her video work which explore the gestures of the hand as a form of communication and action. Haywood reminds us that actions speak louder than words as landscape and language take form.

SEPT 23  –  ScrapCloth: New things from old bits with Julie Paterson

Excess fabric left over from manufacturing often ends up as landfill. Join textile artist Julie Paterson for a fun and hands on workshop using scrap fabric. Learn how to put these pieces to good use, slow stitching and reworking old favourites, creating new handsome things from scratch.

Date: Saturday 23 September
Time: 12-3.30pm
Where: Australian Design Centre
Cost: $110 per person (+GST and booking fee)
Max 15 people

Please bring a lampshade and waste fabric such as an old pair of jeans or a shirt with you. A Cloth Fabric scrap cloth bundle, needles and thread will be provided.

Additional scrap cloth bundles will be available on the day for $30.

ScrapCloth. Image courtesy of the artist, Julie Paterson.


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