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The Miner’s Wife


Every day, all day Thursday 31 March to Saturday 21 May



The Miner’s Wife is an exhibition featuring the work of Soraya Abidn on display at Object Space at Australian Design Centre.

The work illuminates the seductive beauty of the black opal. Appliqued in Asian silk and satin shapes layered over matt black vintage linen, the piece is drenched in celestial hand-sewn glass beads, mimicking the fiery colours of opals.The Miner’s Wife is inspired by a Coober Pedy tradition - the miner’s wife gets first pick from the quarried opals. 

Soraya Abidin is a contemporary textile artist from Sydney. Soraya’s practice explores the notion of inter-culturalism through commonalities of beading, embroidery and quilting practiced by her Malay and Australian ancestors. Recent work criss-crosses her heritage as she switches between cultural frames, techniques, and materials.

Object Space is a window gallery located in the window of the Australian Design Centre HQ on William Street in Darlinghurst. The exhibition space has direct street frontage, is accessible to view 24 hours a day and is lit for viewing at night.

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