University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Fashion and Textile, practice-based academics Cecilia Heffer, Armando Chant and Donna Sgro will be exhibiting a collection of embroidered works made in collaboration with embroidery artisans from India.
The works on display, although diverse in content, speak to the strong cross-cultural relationship between the UTS Fashion and Textiles program and master embroiderers from India.
The partnership was initially established by Julie Lantry, Director of Artisan Culture, with the development of the Global Studio program for UTS Fashion and Textiles students and is now extended upon by the 3 exhibiting artists.
The exhibition launch will be accompanied by a symposium event where artists Cecilia Heffer and Donna Sgro will discuss their research and the outcomes of maintaining a working relationship with Indian artisans.
Both the exhibition and the symposium will highlight the importance of international partnerships and the promotion of the artisan industry in order to sustain historical crafting traditions.