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Adelaide Craft & Quilt Fair


Thu 5 Nov 2015, 10:00am–4:30pm
Fri 6 Nov 2015, 10:00am–4:30pm
Sat 7 Nov 2015, 10:00am–4:30pm
Sun 8 Nov 2015, 10:00am–4:30pm

Where: Adelaide Event and Exhibition Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide CBD, South Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $16.00
  • Age & Disability Pensioners: $14.00
  • Seniors Card Holders: $15.00
  • Children (5-16yrs): $9.00
  • Family (2A+2C): $40.00
  • Child under 5: $0.00 ($0.00)
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: nicole21

This year’s Adelaide Craft & Quilt Fair, November 5 - 8 at Adelaide Event & Exhibition Centre will feature the latest trends including adult colouring-in, textile and wearable art, embroidery, knitting, paper craft, vintage fashion and a stunning array of quilts! Visitors will experience the oft-touted therapeutic and mood-boosting benefits of the handmade world while exploring the impressive displays, workshops and craft products on offer at Australia’s most popular craft event.

This year’s quilt exhibition is second to none, with the best from two highly anticipated national quilt challenges, ‘True Blue’ and the ‘Lest We Forget Quilt Challenge – 100 years, 100 quilts’; plus a stunning display of local works presented by members of The Quilters’ Guild of South Australia Inc.

The ‘True Blue’ challenge features 35 interpretations of the theme, ranging from iconic Australian scenes and Blue Heelers to shades of blue, images of depression and sporting heroes. Also on display will be 100 captivating and poignant quilts capturing one of Australia’s most defining times, showcased together as a 7.25 metre mosaic in the inspiring ‘Lest We Forget - 100 Years, 100 Quilts’ exhibit which features works by six South Australian artists including Adelaide textile artist, Suzanne Gummow’s exquisite ‘Red Poppy’.

The highly anticipated ‘Best of Australia’ display will showcase the best quilts from each of the eight major state and territory quilt shows.

The annual Festival of Quilts Show presented by The Quilters’ Guild of South Australia Inc. features a collection of approximately 250 magnificent entries across 20 categories and is representative of a full spectrum of ages, from beginners, to advanced, both amateur and professional. This year’s challenge quilts section stirred the imagination of guild members with the theme, Steampunk inspiring 146 retro-futurism and industrial revolution-esque wearable art and quilt creations. Other features include the guild’s vivid The Parrot Project display with brightly coloured screen printed parrots on hand dyed fabric, a display by Stitching Across the Ditch quilting blogger group, works from the Kimberley Dreaming Textile Art Prize as well as mini-floor talks and demonstrations. Guest feature quilter, Adelaide Hills’ Mary Williams will share her exquisite 21-year Retrospective display and will lead daily demonstrations.

Wearable art is a major focus at this year’s fair, with an ‘Art U Wear’ exhibition based on the theme, ‘Iconic Australia’. A stand-out entry is the rugged Mad Max inspired costume by South Australia’s Rebecca Anderson entitled ‘Road Warrior’. Rebecca’s outfit reflects her farm upbringing surrounded by old vehicles, rusting machinery and the Australian outback intertwined with the harsh landscape in her favourite movie, Mad Max and incorporated ombre dyed coarse cotton fabric, a hood and 3D shoulder decorations. The winning entry, ‘Surfing Kangaroo’, was created using a ground-breaking technique of interlocking textile boxes to create a pixel art and modifiable design.

Wearable art guest artist, Svenja will display a colourful collection of more than 15 extravagant wearable textile art creations. Blurring the lines between art and fashion, Svenja relishes in the freedom and opportunities of modern textile art, creating exceptionally striking garments using a quirky combination of mediums. Her wearable art creations on display include Isolda; a recycled and environmentally friendly bridal sculptural dress, leather corsets, felted dresses, eco-dyed silk scarves and a Victorian Lady-jellyfish hybrid creation.