Ilka White – Textile

Ilka White is a visual artist who works in textiles and sculpture. she is also a socially engaged practitioner, who works with community groups and other artists to create work.

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Her website states that “In 2000 she undertook a Churchill fellowship, learning from weavers of traditional textiles in Indonesia, India, Nepal and Bhutan. This journey strengthened her appreciation for work that grows directly from the maker’s history, place and cultural identity.

Direct engagement with the natural world (and the forces at work therein) is central to Ilka’s making process. Her current work explores relationships between the mind, body, time and place, and questions the separation of these elements. She has traveled into Central Australia to produce work in response to Newhaven station bird reserve and walked 3 weeks with a group of artists in far South West Victoria to further her immersive approach to art making.”

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One of her projects which I am particularly interested in is the AFGHAN SUZANI PROJECT which was a “collaborative embroidery produced with the Fitzroy and Collingwood Afghani Women’s Group.
 Initiated by Marion Crooke, with funding from the Neighbourhood Justice Centre, Collingwood” which Ilka White facilitated. Unfortunately there isn’t much information about this project online, but since I’m in Melbourne I cam do a little bit of further investigation in person!  

To see more visit Ilka White’s website here


This is where I want to go – Art, Magic, Tango



Hiromi Tango,  responds gently to her environment… creating intricate public installations are made from familiar, everyday materials, bringing to the surface memory and emotion in those that encounter them…

Her practice is often collaborative and site-specific. She weaves together vibrantly coloured materials and emotions to create participatory art projects.

Tango encourages an engagement between art and the public, creating spaces which reflect not only her own influences and voices, but also the situations and communication that occurs in those in between spaces.


Above is Tango’s work for the busway project ‘1000 Stitches’ is a collection of love stories and associated ephemera that have been collected throughout the past three years from friends and anonymous figures, both in Australia and overseas. From the changing public art project developed by art+place Queensland Public Art Fund 


Writing about her most recent work ‘Art Magic’

Art Magic explores the meditative act of wrapping through sound, aroma and physical movement. It is an extension of my interest in working with textiles, particularly around the potential for creative processes and arts engagement to support emotional and social development. The Art Magic workshops are suitable for everyone, with opportunities to participate regardless of skill level or abilities. It is joyful, easy, fun, and inclusive.

Collaboration through public workshops, where the local community members are invited to bring personal fabric and clothes to be converted into “collective chords” that are added to the forms and continuously evolve the larger artwork, is an organic process, and outcome is unknown.

These workshops are places for meeting, for sharing and for exchanging individual wrapping and weaving techniques, as well as the occasional performance together. I see this aspect as an Art Magic process that gently brings people together with their personal material, memory, history and movement. The quiet and gentle human connections and interactions that take place through these workshops inform my interest in learning more about the scientific basis for Art Magic.

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