414: Whimsical Wire Intensive

Explore several TEXTILE techniques adapted to wire including twining, lacework, looping, knitting, crocheting, meshwork and weaving, resulting in a freeform 3D sculpture, basketry or a wall piece.

Using a simple drawing, photo or taking inspiration directly from nature, investigate translating flat images or three-dimensional forms. Construct your piece with wire line only and/or combine with a variety of infill work to describe line, tone, texture, volume and space on a wire mesh base.

Discover tips to achieve good twists, tight bends, straightening wire, deal with kinking and making tools. Prerequisite – students need to be able to either crochet chain or knit a basic stitch.

Course Code: 414

Time: 9.30am – 4.45pm

Dates: Monday 10th – Friday 14th Jan

Cost: $450

Suitable For: Intermediate, Advanced

Ages: 18+

Renata Wright

Tania Spencer

Tania Spencer is a Lake Grace-based sculptor and her art combines the textile techniques of knit, crochet, embroidery or weaving with rural, industrial or recycled materials.

Works often take the form of large scale knitted installations from fencing wire, sculptural objects and embroideries of heavy wire onto metal canvases. Instead of threading a needle and cotton, she hand bends each wire stitch. Her tools are found in the shed, not the sewing box and usually consist of bolt cutters, drills, welders, handmade jigs, pliers and a wire spinning ginny.

Growing up on a farm, Tania’s art process fuses her rural and domestic heritage in a very unique style of work. She has numerous awards for her work which is found in collections all over the world.

BA(Arts) Curtin, 6 solo exhibitions. Recent group exhibitions The Alternative Archive at John Curtin Gallery, Sirens at Gallows Gallery. National exhibitions include numerous Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe and Bondi, Love Lace, The International Lace Award, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Sensorial Loop, 1st Tamworth Textile Triennial. Awards 2008 NAB Western Australian Sculptors Scholarship, 2010 Castaways Major Sculpture Award. Works in City of Melville, Bunbury, Tamworth, Nedlands, Janet Holmes a Court, Andrew and Nicola Forrest Collections. Commissioned public artworks in Albany, Lake Grace, Northcliffe. Commissioned ephemeral works, Geelong Fibre Forum – Geelong Grammar, Fibreswest – Northam, WAFTA – Perth Royal Show.