Shire of Augusta Margaret River Libraries

Textile art by Britta Sorensen at the Margaret River Library

The Library has become home to the magnificent textile weaving called ‘touched’ by Britta Sorensen. This artwork was completed during Margaret River Region Open Studios 2018 and is created from recycled clothing rags woven onto wire. The piece is on permanent loan to the library and we invite you to come along and enjoy this amazing visual display of colour and texture. Read below for the artist statement about the artwork. Britta has also published a book that documents the weaving creation process and this is available for loan from the library with limited copies available for purchase from the artist.

‘touched’ as an interactive installation was an attempt to make the inter-affect between viewer, artwork and artist visible and visceral. What effect does art have on a viewer? how does that viewing in turn affect the artist? and how then does this inform the creative process?

For the 16 days of MRROS 2018 I worked, lived and slept in this installation slowly weaving it closed whilst inviting visitors into the silent room to view, feel and join in the weaving, leaving traces of themselves behind.

An estimated 800 people contributed.

It was a powerful exploration into non-verbal communication, the meshed woven shelter symbolising the organically growing interconnectedness of community forming one complex and beautiful story. The materials used are all recycled, cut-up garment and thus bring an added layer of their own history.

Dismantled into its mounted two-dimensional form ‘touched’ has taken the shape of a mesmerising protective cloak or angel’s wings.  The installation was completed on the day of the tragic death of my fellow recycling artist Cynda Miles and I would like to dedicate ‘touched’ to her life, work and positive influence on our community.

britta sorensen

Be Connected Seniors: Tablets for Beginners program

Five local senior citizens recently completed a short course at the Margaret River Library, learning how to use tablets to access the internet and be connected. The course was supported by a Federal Government grant via the Be Connected program.

Each participant was lent a tablet to take home for a month, so they could get hands-on and work towards becoming comfortable with the technology.

They attended a couple of group learning sessions to get started, and to assist with trouble-shooting in the early stages, with individual support offered at the end of the course.

‘The attendees all demonstrated real persistence and courage in learning how to use this technology for the first time,’ said Jodie Porter, Shire’s Library Technician. ‘Plus they were willing to have a laugh while doing so, which made the sessions enjoyable for everyone.’

Pictured are participants Ian Newton and Diana Newton-Jones, with the tablets loaned to them for the duration of the program.

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Margaret River Library

Fearn Avenue, Margaret River WA 6285
Phone: (08) 9780 5600
Email: amrlibrary@amrshire.wa.gov.au