Saturday, October 13, 2018

Art Quill Studio@2018 Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair
Art Fairs & Markets

Marie-Therese Wisniowski


Art Quill Studio@2018 Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair. June 20-24th, 2018 at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney.
Marie-Therese standing next to the '2018 Craft & Quilt Fair Celebrating 25 Years' sign at the International Convention Centre, Sydney. As part of the celebrations Expertise Events designed a fresh new logo symbolizing their commitment to the longevity and success of the craft industry and to their future vision for the industry.


25 Fabulous Craft Years
A Message from Gary Fitz-Roy, Managing Director, Expertise Events


Gary Fitz-Roy, Managing Director, Expertise Events.

From the beginning as a single hall event at the exhibition Centre Darling Harbour in 1994, the fair is now the largest craft event in the Southern Hemisphere. The fairs were the first Australian craft events to be held in international venues, positioning craft alongside mainstream events such as the motor shows and international medical conferences.

From top: Graeme 'Shirley' Strachan opens the first Fair in 1994; A view of the Fair from above.

It's been an amazing journey and quite an accomplishment that our Craft Fair can bring so much joy to so many. We feel so honoured to have shared the journey with so many wonderful people.

The Fairs have been enjoyed by millions of craft lovers and nurtured the creative industry and inspired creative souls by showcasing world class displays and international as well as home grown talent. Designer Kaffe Fassett, quilter Margaret Rolfe, decoupeur Nerida Singleton, and tea cosy designer Loani Prior - are just some of the guest artists who have featured at the Fair. Quilt shows, competitions and workshops have been a feature at the events. We value highly the relationship with quilting guilds who have their annual exhibition with the Fair.

Expertise Events have also nurtured non-profit groups with more than $3 million in cash sponsorship allocated over the 25 years to guilds, more than $50,000 in prize money and the provision of stands for non-profit groups for little or no cost. We have invested $27 million in advertising and promoting craft and raised the industry's profile. In 2016 we also created the Craft for Kids Foundation to facilitate the donation of craft supplies from visitors and deliver them to kids in need.

We are committed to giving back and have made financial and marketing resources available to many charities. It's nice to see some of what we have achieved being re-invested and nurtured by the industry and more importantly, by the community.

25 years on, the Craft & Quilt Fair is still supported by the iconic magazine, The Australian Women's Weekly. The Weekly holds a special place for it's where I met my wife, Judy Newman, who became our craft consultant. She has a passion for craft, coming from a formal textile teaching background and together I think we make a great team.

The future looks bright and we look forward to the next 25 years and seeing where we can take craft.


Marie-Therese of Art Quill Studio
Marie-Therese Wisniowski of Art Quill Studio is an acclaimed international and national textiles award winner - e.g. ‘Second Place Prize’ and two ‘Honourable Mentions’ at the Quilt Surface Design Symposium Fabric Show Competition Columbus, Ohio, USA (2010, 2009, 2007). A ‘Work of Distinction’ was collected at The Americas Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Prints, The Americas Biennial Exhibition & Archive, University of Iowa, Iowa, USA (2008). Her work was ‘Highly Commended’ at the ArtCloth Swap, hosted by Artwear Publications in conjunction with the Textile Art Festival, Brisbane Exhibition Centre (2011) and she was a ‘Finalist’ at the Inaugural 2013 Australian Craft Awards - Fashion Accessories Category, awarded by design100 P/L (2013).

2009 QSDS Fabric Show, Ohio, USA.
Title: #2 (full view).
Size: 75 inches (length) x 45 inches (width).
Techniques/Media: Dyed, multiple over dyes including clamp resist, multiple silkscreen prints, lino block, stamping and foiling on lurex cotton employing dyes and pigment.
Awarded: Honorable Mention by juror Sue Benner, Artist, USA.

2009 QSDS Fabric Show, Ohio, USA.
Title: #2 (detail view).

Art Quill Studio under Marie-Therese’s direction produces unique, contemporary, high quality, hand dyed and hand printed ArtCloth textiles using time honoured and complex surface design techniques. Artcloth textiles are custom designed and made in Australia by Marie-Therese Wisniowski who employs her signature printing techniques to create her textiles. Every ArtCloth textile is an original work and cannot be replicated. ArtCloth textiles are available as fabric lengths, fat quarters, fabric samplers and scarves and are perfect for craft, wearable art, accessories, quilting, furnishing, as framed artworks and interior design projects.

If you would like any information about my ArtCloth textiles and scarves please email me at - Marie-Therese - to view/purchase what is currently available.


Art Quill Studio@2018 Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair
Some of the fabric designs and collections seen below were created especially for this show to celebrate its 25 year contribution to the art and craft sector.

A general view of the Art Quill Studio Stand No.G29 at the 2018 Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair which featured Marie-Therese's Hand Dyed and Hand Printed ArtCloth fabric lengths, fat quarters and fabric samplers; Hand Dyed and Hand Printed ArtCloth velvet scarves, silk scarves and pashminas; Hand Dyed Shibori ArtCloth velvet and silk fat quarters; and one-off/limited edition digitally printed fabric lengths.

A general view of the Art Quill Studio Stand No.G29 at the 2018 Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair which featured Marie-Therese's 'Unique, Australian, Contemporary, Hand Dyed and Hand Printed ArtCloth Textiles.

A general view of the Art Quill Studio Stand No.G29 at the 2018 Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair which featured New Collections of Hand Dyed and Hand Printed Limited Edition ArtCloth Fabric Designs.

A general view of the Art Quill Studio Stand No.G29 at the 2018 Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair featuring a range of Marie-Therese's Hand Dyed and Hand Printed ArtCloth fat quarters, fabric samplers and Hand Dyed Shibori ArtCloth velvet and silk fat quarters on the display table.

Some of the New Collections of Hand Dyed and Hand Printed Limited Edition ArtCloth Fabric Designs packaged as fat quarters. The designs/collections were dyed and printed on various cotton fabrics.

Some more of the New Collections of Hand Dyed and Hand Printed Limited Edition ArtCloth Fabric Designs packaged as fat quarters and shibori dyed velvet fat quarters.

More of the shibori dyed velvet fat quarters and New Collections of Hand Dyed and Hand Printed Limited Edition ArtCloth Fabric Designs packaged as fabric samplers. Each fabric sampler consisted of samplers that measured a fat eighth amount of fabrics. The samplers featured cotton, velvet, silk, and/or linen fabrics in each parcel. Numerous techniques were included in each sampler which varied from multi-layered complex cloth, low relief screen printing, deconstructed and breakdown screen printing, talc printing, eco printing, stamping, lino block printing and interfacing screen printing as well as numerous dyeing techniques. Each sampler featured colors that were in the same/similar palette range.

An overhead view of some of the New Collections of Hand Dyed and Hand Printed Limited Edition ArtCloth Fabric Lengths. Various natural fibres were employed as the substrate for the new designs/collections and included various weights of silks, cottons and rayons. Numerous techniques were included which varied from Marie-Therese's signature 'Multiplex' screen printing, discharge printing, multi-layered complex cloth printing, low relief screen printing, deconstructed and breakdown screen printing, talc printing, eco printing, stamping, lino block printing, wax printing, mono printing and interfacing screen printing as well as numerous multi layered dyeing/over dyeing techniques.

Another view of some of the New Collections of Hand Dyed and Hand Printed Limited Edition ArtCloth Fabric Lengths and Unique One-Off Velvet ArtCloth Scarves on display at the Art Quill Studio Stand at the 2018 Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair.

Some of Marie-Therese's Hand Dyed and Hand Printed Unique One-Off ArtCloth Pashmina Scarves on display at the Art Quill Studio Stand at the 2018 Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair.

Marie-Therese adding some more Hand Dyed and Hand Printed Unique One-Off ArtCloth Pashmina Scarves to the display rack.

Marie-Therese discussing the various techniques and media she employs to create each individual ArtCloth Textile, noting that each completed multi dyed and multi layered/printed piece started off as a pure white piece of fabric before she got to it!

Marie-Therese surrounded by her multi dyed, multi layered/printed and colorful world of Unique, Contemporary, Hand Dyed and Hand Printed ArtCloth Textiles that are designed, dyed and printed in her Art Quill Studio at Arcadia Vale in NSW.