ACCESS NEWSLETTER No 4 – The 10 minute newsletter, window to yardage printing and where we find ourselves in fashion, furnishing and art.

Welcome – there are 3 main features is this ACCESS Newsletter No 4.

1. UTS ‘FASHIONING NOW’ Exhibition – featuring work by Screenhaus – showing process and skills of the makers and creators and pushing the boundaries of we use and think about clothes …

2. The DIA (Design Institute of Australia) ‘INTERWOVEN’ 2009 Textile Exhibition.

3. A quick ‘Vimeo’ interview with ‘SUMMER RAYNE OAKS’ author of the new book ‘Style Naturally’ The savvy shopping guide to sustainable fashion and beauty. Compellingly simple ….


On now – UTS Gallery, Level 4, 702 Harris Street, Ultimo from Mon-Fri 12-6pm and runs until 29th August

Fashioning Now – is an exhibition featuring innovative research projects from Australian and international practitioners investigating fashion and sustainability – specifically the way in which clothing is produced, used and discarded.

Divided into four main categories: source, make, use and last; Fashioning Now examines various areas of the ‘closed loop’ system of production and presents ingenious strategies currently being developed to address the problems of textile waste, created during the manufacture and use of fashion.

Through a dynamic array of fashion garments, textile objects, photography, illustration and time-base media, Fashioning Now highlights the diversity of sustainable options being explored by designers, researchers and manufacturers, while predicting possible scenarios for a future fashion industry.

Curated by Alison Gwilt and Timo Rissanen from University of Technology Sydney, Fashioning Now includes Romance Was Born, Alex Martin, Jennifer Shellard, Bijan Sheikhlary, Helen Storey, Issey Miyake (garment loaned by Dr Gene Sherman), The Perfect T-shirt, and The Local Wisdom project by Dr Kate Fletcher.

This is an ongoing research project with plenty more to come – click here for the feature story …

No2. INTERWOVEN – Sponsored by The Design Institute, Screenhaus and Permaset Inks

Story by Phillipa Wilkinson

Interwoven … Held at the GAFFA Gallery in Surry Hills June 25th –June 30th highlighted the work of established and emerging textile and fashion designers of the Design Institute of Australia. The collection of work explored both traditional methods and innovative techniques demonstrating contemporary innovation in Australian design.
The group of 7artists included recent Design Institute Textile GOTYA recipients – Donna Sgro 2007 and Kylie De Boer 2009- who also won the Best overall Graduate of The Year Award across all categories.

Click here for the extended story and exhibitors rationales …



Summer Rayne was recently in Australia talking at ‘Greenfest 09’ in Brisbane and promoting her new book ‘Style Naturally’ the savvy shopping guide to sustainable fashion and beauty’ … and while she was in Sydney on the way through – stopped and interviewed us about ethical / green fabric printing (Stephen Woods (Screenhaus) and David Stuart (Permaset) …. very much into everything sustainable she is fast making her mark.

Click here to see the interview of your’s truly –

See a sneak preview of the book (short video … it’s really worth the 2 minutes … here –

See Summers’ bio below and visit the website.

Summer is a model-environmental activist, host for Discovery Network’s Planet Green and author of the book, “Style, Naturally: The Savvy Shopping Guide to Sustainable Fashion & Beauty.” She graduated from Cornell University, a Udall environmental scholar with degrees in Environmental Science and Entomology with extensive research in issues ranging from waste management to mine reclamation.

No 4. – Light Entertainment – as if you haven’t had enough U-tube today – Click here to go to a U-tube video of Alexander McQueens RTW Spring 2009 – Choosen for it’s radical print work –



A glorious exhibition of small shibori works created exclusively by World Shibori Network Australia members.
– as a showcasing of their use of natural and synthetic dyes.
These works have recently been on exhibition in Paris as part of the 7th International Shibori Symposium at the Musee Quai Branly. Curated by Joan James

Barometer Gallery Open Wednesday – Sunday
13 Gurner Street, 19th August – 28th August 2009
Paddington, NSW 10am – 4pm

Opening Saturday 22 August at 2pm by international shibori artist Barbara Schey

Want to be part of the next OPENHAUS learn more about yardage / meterage printing – NEXT OPENHAUS IS WEDNESDAY – 11th November – 6.30pm – 9.00pm – RSVP by the Wednesday prior – (02) 9519 1099 or [email protected]


Groups are welcome – existing clients welcome – but numbers will be limited so everyone can get a well informed visit – so get in early. It will be a easy going and informative night for all – call 9519 1099 or email [email protected] to book.