Course Description

Explore creative and innovative processes with a range of fibres and textiles suited to a classroom environment. Using recycled fibres we will embroider, weave and dye with a focus on three-dimensional forms and experimenting with expressive ways of developing fine motor skills. These include stitching, eco-dying, knotting, twining, plaiting, coiling, pleating, lashing, and weaving with hessian, calico, wool and other plant fibres from the garden and bushland. The materials will provide a wide range of sculptural and creative possibilities.

Sue Pedley Fibre Workshop

This course integrates principles for sustainability through using everyday and recycled materials in the construction soft sculptures, woven objects and dyed fabrics. This practical day offers sensory experiences and sharing of creative ideas in the classroom.

The workshop will include a presentation of images of the textile workshops and show contemporary artists who apply textile processes to conceptual art. Sue will focus on stimulating ideas and projects for making art specific to your classes. You will be provided with fabric, dyes, calico cotton, disposable gloves and items needed for basic effects.


Primary and Secondary Teachers in the arts.

Teaching Standards

3.3.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Use teaching strategies: Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking.

$429 + GST - Individual Enrolment

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Completing Fibre Workshop for Pattern and Process will contribute 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework addressing standard descriptors 3.3.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.



Sue Pedley

Sue Pedley

Sue Pedley is a visual artist recognised for her multimedia installations, large scale drawings and collaborations. She exhibits her work across outdoor locations, galleries and museums. Responsive to the contingencies of the sites where she works, her recurring themes include the environmental degradation of water and its impact on communities and the natural world; colonisation, including addressing her family history as settlers in Tasmania; and the intergenerational hurts of war. Noted for a dense accumulation of materials, her ephemeral environments respond to the built environment and social history of their sites. Whether inhabiting a decommissioned oil tank, an abandoned house in Japan or a heritage garden, she incorporates materials such as wool thread, cloth and fleece, seaweed, plant fibre, bamboo, seeds, clothing, netting, plaster and stone. Sue has worked in the Asian region for over twenty years – in Japan, China, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. She has created works that respond to Australia’s military and trading histories with Japan and with Vietnam. She has participated in the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial (2006 & 2018) and Setouchi Triennial (2010), working closely with rural communities and volunteers. She has also facilitated reciprocal projects between Australia and the Asian countries where she has worked. In China she has exhibited in Ningbo and Guangzhou and was a recipient of a Redgate residency in Beijing. Sue has collaborated with artists, architects, musicians, film makers and sound artists. For the 2018 Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial in Japan Sue collaborated with architect Iwaki Kazuya and the Aramachi community to create Tracing Water. 100 woven spheres mapped the route of a former watercourse that had been diverted by dam construction. Professionally trained in Australia and Germany, Sue has been making and exhibiting work in this country and elsewhere since 1984. She has received Australia Council residencies in Vietnam (2008), London (1993), France and Germany (1985); and an Asia Link residency in Sri Lanka (2001). Other residencies include Tokyo Wonder Site (2012), Redgate Studio Residency, Beijing (2011), Banff Art Centre, Canada (2007) and Bundanon Trust, NSW (2016). Her significant exhibitions include Patches of Light – Sue & Peggy Pedley, Queen Victoria Art Museum and Gallery, Tasmania (2019); Tracing Water, Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial 2018, Japan; Orange–Net–Work, Ningbo Art Museum, China (2019) and Mosman Art Gallery, NSW (2017); Spare Room, Elizabeth Bay House, Sydney (2007); Blue Jay Way, Heide Museum of Contemporary Art and Penrith Regional Gallery (2007).