Border fibre artists plan joint exhibition at Creators Art Space Gallery, Wodonga

COLLABORATION: Leanne O'Toole, Cathy Upton and Donna Caffrey prepare ahead of their first joint fibre art exhibition. Picture: MARK JESSER

COLLABORATION: Leanne O'Toole, Cathy Upton and Donna Caffrey prepare ahead of their first joint fibre art exhibition. Picture: MARK JESSER

AN ART display that focuses on the sustainable and unpredictable will open in Wodonga next weekend.

Tempestuous Nature, an exhibition by Border fibre artists Leanne O’Toole, Cathy Upton and Donna Caffrey, will feature at Gateway Village’s Creators Art Space Gallery for three weeks.

The show includes Upton’s eco-dying pieces, handbags by O’Toole and a number of quirky bunnies created by Caffrey.

Upton and O’Toole have collaborated together previously on wearable art, with their three-piece ensemble a winner at the Australian Wool Fashion Awards in 2014.

Earlier this year, they decided it was time for a joint show, their first although Caffrey has exhibited before.

“We’ve been to a few retreats and done a few workshops, so we thought OK, let’s just put all that into action,” O’Toole said.

The exhibition’s title comes from the name of their winning outfit as well as the changeable styles in their art.

O’Toole said her handbags combined different techniques as well as recycled fabrics.

“Cathy’s eco-dying is like nature’s tempestuousness, so you don’t know what you’re going to get until it comes out,” she said. “And when I saw Donna’s bunnies I thought that just fits in perfectly because they’re quite a crazy little character.”

With textiles being an industry that can create a lot of waste, the artists have tried to highlight sustainability. Their work incorporates leftover materials such as from a man’s shirt or a doily.

  • Tempestuous Nature can be seen at Creators Art Space Gallery, Gateway Village, from September 23 to October 15