Crafternoon Tea with special guest speaker, textile artist Isobel McGarry


1pm – 3pm


Join us for this special opportunity to hear Isobel speak about her extraordinary stitching practice.

Bring along your craft in progress and join us for a Crafternoon tea complete with cups of tea and scones, creative company and special guest speaker, textile artist Isobel McGarry.

Isobel exhibited earlier this year at Fabrik in our Retelling exhibition, where artists explored the gentle, rich, radical philosophy of slow making and repurposing, while honoring and adding to the stories that lie latent within the ordinary objects in our lives. Isobel’s exhibited birthing cloth, is a complex work, representing Japanese traditions, first sensory experiences of everyday textiles, family connections, experiences of war and a commitment to peace. Isobel’s commitment was stitched into every inch and through every layer of this large scale handstitched and dyed quilt. Four years in the making, the work features layers of pieced vintage silks, each one dyed and marked with eucalyptus and the palest shades of indigo, stitched with words in her signature script, the symbolic marking of lost lives. Appliquéd leaves represent new growth and kindness.

In her presentation, Isobel will speak of her daily practice as a artist. She’ll be bringing along her notebooks (pictured below) and corresponding stitched and printed pieces that speak of her practice.

Isobel shares: ‘My daily practice is not just printing and stitching of course, but also thinking, reading, listening and challenging myself every day, allowing myself to be disappointed and also to feel exultant about a single stitch. Sampling and experimenting with both eco print and stitch and trying different medium for the work allows my practice to expand and incorporate difference. I am always inspired by poetry and music and words, always wordsonwordsonwords.. My underlying commitment to social justice and a world without war informs all of my work.’

This session will be taking place in the Blanket Room at Fabrik. L look out for directional signage on the day. Isobel’s has prepared a 45 minute presentation and will allow for questions at the end of her presentation. The remaining time will be for crafting in creative company.

Cups of tea and coffee, along with scones with jam and cream will be provided at this session. Please bring along your craft-in-progress to continue with throughout the crafternoon.

We are happy to accommodate special dietary requirements – please inform us directly at

Participants are asked to abide by SA Health COVID safe protocols in place at the time of the workshop and only attend if feeling well.

Image shows a woman standing in a doorway.
Image courtesy Isobel McGarry
Image shows artwork detail
Image courtesy Isobel McGarry
Image shows stacked pile of fabric
Image courtesy Isobel McGarry
Image on left shows cups of tea with craft supplies. Second image shows close up detail of artwork.