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From Rags to Rugs

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Following in the footsteps of her family matriarchs, textile artist Vita Cochran has been making rag rugs for decades. Discover this brilliant craft designed for a circular economy.
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“To create something new isn’t just environmentally sound, it’s surprisingly inspiring.”

The Guardian

Learn to transform old material into something beautiful

169,000 tonnes of textile waste go from Australian households to landfill each year. So how can we transform leftover threads to give them a second life? Join textile artist Vita Cochran for a hooked rug-making workshop. Using old worn-out woollen garments and fabric, this craft is full of rich history and is having a resurgence today as we look for sustainable practices to create unique and beautiful handmade objects. You can create an end product from found materials that is long-lasting and imbued with history. Discover the history of rag rugs, learn how to choose and prepare materials, experiment with hooking technique and begin making your small sample rug that is sure to ignite a lifetime of repurposing!

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More about Vita Cochran...

Vita Cochran is a textile artist from Aotearoa who lives in Sydney. Her work, which engages with the histories of domestic craft, decoration and the work of women modernists, is held in many public and private collections. She recently exhibited a series of hooked rugs called ‘After Paintings’ based on rugs which appear in modernist paintings, at ReadingRoom (Melbourne) and Anna Miles Gallery (Auckland). Vita is an enthusiast for making things by hand, re-invigorating traditional craft practises and material re-use.

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In-line with current NSW Government advice, all venues will have a reduced venue capacity of 50% (or a maximum of 1000 guests).

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