Machines & Makers

10/11/2017 - 17/11/2019

  • Back Stitch: Decorating with Needles
    Judith Forrest Back Stitch: Decorating with Needles , 2016
    oil on canvas
    Image Credit
    Image courtesy Eva Fernandez

About the exhibition

Machines & Makers: displaying a healthy obsession for sewing machines captures the extraordinary history of a disruptive technology from the 19th Century that changed the world. The exhibition takes us through the magic of creating stitch, texture and beauty, and reflects on the disposable clothing culture of the 21st Century.

The proposition for this exhibition was to invite a response from twelve artists, each coming from a widely different skill sets and talent base, but each of them bringing a high level of intelligent thought to the invention and what that machine meant in terms of economic, political and social change within households from the 1850's to the present day. 

The artist's various approaches can be broadly grouped into three areas of investigation - the political, social and economic differences made by the inventions, many of which are seen through the lens of memory. 

"The exhibition is a reflection on the ingenuity that enabled the invention of the sewing machine, and what that technology meant for society and the wider world.” - Mundaring Arts Centre

About the artists

Curators: Jude van der Merwe 

Artists: Nalda Searles, Eva Fernandez, Angela McHarrie, Geoffrey Drake Brockman, Susie Vickery, Carol Lowry, Paul Caporn, Mikaela Castledine, Judith Forrest, Stuart Elliott, Linda van der Merwe, Tee Ken Ng 


Touring Venues
and Dates


An ART ON THE MOVE touring exhibition.


ART ON THE MOVE is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Act-Belong-Commit Engagement Program presented by ART ON THE MOVE is sponsored by Healthway to promote the Act-Belong-Commit message.