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Beyond the Bale : June 2017
EXAMPLES OF WOOL WEEK ACTIVITIES This Giant Sheep installation created by Sam Gazal Installations was on show at Westfield Bondi Junction. It incorporates a Merino sheep’s head covered in 20 kilograms of wool top, a body made of the latest wool fashion from Country Road, SABA, Farage, M.J. Bale, Rodd & Gunn and R.M.Williams, and pasture made of wool felting, knitting and other creative techniques. Country Road’s “Stay ahead of the flock” installation at Westfield. In Victoria, Westfield Doncaster commissioned a stunning 100 per cent Merino wool installation by extreme knitter Jacqui Fink. It comprised more than 145 kgs of hand knitted pieces of Australian Merino wool tops. This picture is taken from a fascinating time lapse video, available on the Westfield Doncaster Instagram channel, which compressed the five hour install into a mere 28 seconds. Jacqui also held some hugely popular extreme knitting classes at Westfield Bondi Junction. Source: Instagram Four handwoven woollen artworks by sisters Lauren and Kassandra Hernandez of Crossing Threads were on show at Westfield Bondi Junction. Australian label Jac+ Jack, known worldwide for their luxury knitwear, released an online video in line with Wool Week. Educating consumers on how to properly wash wool, the video uses imagery, music and story to weave a humorous narrative that takes you step-by-step through the process of how to correctly care for your favourite knits. View the video at www.jacandjack.com For the second year, KPC Yarns held an exhibition in line with Wool Week along with a series of workshops to explore artists’ relationships with wool colour. At the exhibition launch, in Paddington in Sydney, artists and foodies Jacqui Fink, Meredith Gaston, Julie Gibbs and Indira Naidoo discussed the healing power of stitching, growing and creating in our daily lives. Smart screens throughout Westfield promoted brands selling wool products (example right) and the benefits of wool (example left). In South Australia, Westfield Marion held a Q&A with Westfield ambassador and model Samantha Harris to discuss the latest wool trends. Source: Instagram 8 OFF FARM