Time & Date

2 - 4pm
7 Mar 2021

Artist workshop with Emma Buswell and Mei Swan Lim

Practices of knitting, weaving and sewing have long intertwined the creation of functional objects with gathering and making together. The relevance of these processes endures, through a new generation of makers who continue to come together, using these practices as forms of political commentary and protest, and as a way to renew social and cultural traditions.

Continuing in the maternal hand-craft practices and techniques gifted to them, artists Emma Buswell and Mei Swan Lim use the attentive and slow motions of knitting and weaving to reflect, record and to create steadiness in times of uncertainty. Join the artists in a morning of knitting, weaving and sound, as they talk about their making processes and the significance of place within their work.

This workshop is presented by Perth Festival in association with DADAA as a part of the Fair Isle exhibition.

Emma Buswell is an artist, curator and designer fascinated with systems of government, economies and culture particularly in relation to constructs of place, identity and community. Her current work takes its inspiration from the maternal hand craft and knitting techniques passed down from her grandmother and mother as well as a contemplative investigation into the nature of kitsch, ephemera and national identities. Emma has previously run a variety of artist-run spaces across Perth and Fremantle and has exhibited and curated exhibitions across Australia.

Mei Swan Lim is a practicing sound and visual artist whose work centres on the environmental, emotional and spiritual importance of place, interdisciplinary investigation and cultural storytelling. Her works have appeared at Proximity Festival, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth Festival and Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.


All equipment, materials and light refreshments provided.

Image: Emma Buswell, In July we Resisted, 2020, knitted jumper. Courtesy the artist.

DADAA respectfully acknowledges the Whadjuk and Yued people of the Noongar nation and the Southern Yamatji Peoples, the traditional owners of the lands upon which DADAA operates. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

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