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Experimental Fibre Drawing

Sue Pedley
  • Term: Summer School Week One 2018
  • Start Date: 8 Jan 2018
  • End Date: 12 Jan 2018
  • Time: Mon-Fri, 9:30AM - 4:30PM
  • Number of Classes: 5
  • Teacher: Sue Pedley
  • Level: All Levels
  • Age: All Ages
  • Location: The National Art School
  • Availability: Unavailable

Learn how to create experimental drawings with fabric, paper, stitching and dyeing techniques and to repurpose cloth remnants from your personal collections. Extend your practice into the world of sustainability through the use of everyday and recycled materials such as paper, plant fibre and cloth in the construction of unique drawings, books, bound objects and dyed artworks. Sue Pedley invites you to enjoy sensory experiences such as burning, piercing, staining and mending to create unusual patterns, meaning and directions in your artworks. She introduces you to a wide range of artists working at the intersection of fibre and art practices, sharing her ideas and inspiration within a supportive, creative and friendly environment.

Sue Pedley

Sue Pedley is an artist who researches place, community, culture and history in relationship to materiality through site-specific installation and interdisciplinary practice. Sue has received Australia Council residencies for projects in Vietnam (2008), London (1993), France and Germany (1985). Her residencies also include Bundanon Studio (2016), Tokyo Wonder Site (2012), Redgate Studio, Beijing (2011), Banff Art Centre, Canada (2007), and the Asia Link residency in Sri Lanka (2001). Her exhibitions include Blue Jay Way, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Penrith Regional Gallery and The Lewers Bequest (2007), and Light Sensitive, Contemporary Australian Photography, National Gallery of Victoria (2006) . Sue was an invited participant in the Setouchi Triennial (2010) and Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial (2006) in Japan. Sue’s work is in collections at Artbank, University of Technology, Sydney, and the National Gallery of Victoria. Visit Sue’s website at

Your lecturer will discuss all other materials in the first class; however for the first class bring the following:

Materials for the first day

  • • Drawing materials (pencils, ink, brushes, charcoal)
  • • 3 sheets of A1 cartridge
  • • hessian and or felt (1/2 metre- new or recycled)
  • • recycled fabrics (cotton sheets, pillowcases, clothes, linen etc)
  • • cotton string, rubber bands, woollen yarn and tapestry thread
  • • Needles (darning and large needles) and scissors

Drawing materials

  • • Pencils (HB,2B,4B)
  • • Graphite (6B)
  • • Compressed charcoal (medium)
  • • Ink (calligraphy ink)
  • • Brushes (a range of thicknesses)
  • • Eraser
  • • Sharpening blade
  • • Glue
  • • Masking tape
  • • Ruler


  • • 3 sheets of A1 cartridge paper
  • • 3 A2 sheets water colour paper
  • • recycled papers such as brown, tracing, graph, books, old note books,newsprint, newspaper, gift wrapping…


  • • 1 packet/ bottle of iDye or RIT cold water dyes (commercial dye or another brand is ok) Chose any colour/s -available in Spotlight and Lindcraft)
  • • buckets, salt, vinegar, rubber gloves,
  • • rubber bands, bull clips, cotton string, cotton (for binding),

Plant Fibre

  • • natural dyes including plants ( turmeric, tea, coffee, eucalyptus leaves, carrot tops, beetroot leaves, onion skins, grasses and reeds; colourful flowers and leaves.
  • • See plant suggestions from ECO COLOUR Botanical dyes for beautiful textiles by India Flint


  • • Needles (a range including darning needles)
  • • Threads (white tapestry thread and cottons, cotton string)
  • • Scissors


  • • Silk (at least 1 metre washed)
  • • Cotton voile and or gauze (at least 1 metre washed)
  • • Recycled fabrics (cotton clothes, sheets, pillow cases) or remnants (cotton, wool, silk)
  • • Hessian and or felt (1/2 metre- new or recycled)

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential