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Machines & Makers at Wireless Hill

19 October 2017

Judith Forrest – Back Stitch: Decorating with needles (detail), 2016, oil on canvas.

Wireless Hill Museum in partnership with Art On The Move presents Machines & Makers − an exhibition displaying a healthy obsession for sewing machines, which captures the extraordinary history of a disruptive technology from the 19th Century that changed the world.

Curated by Jude van der Merwe, the exhibition takes us through the magic of creating stitch, texture and beauty, and reflects on the disposable clothing culture of the 21st Century.

The twelve artists’ various approaches can be broadly grouped into three areas of investigation − the political, social and economic differences made by the inventions, many of which are seen through the lens of memory.

Machines & Makers is open from Friday 10 November to Sunday, 11 February 2018.

Wireless Hill Museum, Wireless Hill Park, Telefunken Drive, Ardross

Museum Opening Hours

Wednesdays and Fridays from 10.00am to 2.00pm

Sundays from 12 noon to 4.00pm

For more information and other events and exhibitions at Wireless Hill, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/wirelesshill or call 9364 0158.


January Adults Inspire Event Program

Machines & Makers, the exhibition about sewing machines is proud to bring you a series of adult public programs for January 2018 at Wireless Hill Museum.


Venue: Wireless Hill Museum

Telefunken Drive Ardross

Bookings essential, places are limited.

Book online at www.melvillecity.com.au/wirelesshill


January Adults Public Program

Sunday 7 January 2018 12:30 PM – 03:00 PM

Quilting Demonstration & Fabric Dying Workshop

Quilting demonstration and fabric dying workshop with the WA Inspired Quilters


Sunday 14 January 2018 12:30 PM – 03:30 PM

Creative Machine Art Demonstration

Creative Machine Art demonstration by Embroiderers’ Guild of WA.


Wednesday 17 January 2018 10:30 AM – 01:30 PM

Creative Machine Art Demonstration

Creative Machine Art demonstration by Embroiderers’ Guild of WA.


Sunday 21 January 2018 02:00 PM

The History of Sewing Machines

The History of Sewing Machines , a power-point presentation by local collector Gordon Freegard. Visitors can also view a selection of rare sewing machines from Gordon’s collection.

Gold coin donation.


Wednesday 24 January 2018 10:30 AM – 01:30 PM

Belmont Embroidery Group Demonstration with Machines

Belmont Embroidery Group Demonstration with Machines



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