present – a project by India Flint for Fabrik Arts + Heritage

A gathering of self-portraits for the reopening of Fabrik

With Fabrik undergoing a transformation, community near and far are invited to pick up needle and thread to take part in a celebration of Fabrik’s 2024 reopening.

present, a project conceived by artist India Flint, aims to create an offering of creativity, connection and a coming together in stitches, to celebrate Fabrik’s new beginning. Hand stitched self-portraits from all over the world will be installed en masse in the newly redeveloped Fabrik space, bringing the faces of a world-wide textile community together in Lobethal, Australia, for this special re-opening event.

How to be involved:

Look at your reflection, make a contour drawing on paper, transfer it to a handkerchief of your choice (it can be from thrift, or new, or one of your own . . . any of these options so long as it’s clean!) and stitch the outline. Fold and place inside an envelope and mail or deliver to Fabrik, (see address below). Lastly, you’ll need to view the registration form here and share a few words about your stitching and yourself.

To see India Flint’s video process of stitching a portrait on to a handkerchief click here.

Timing and details:

Post or hand-deliver your envelope to:
Fabrik Arts + Heritage – Adelaide Hills Council
c/- 63 Mount Barker Road
Stirling SA 5152

No padding or special packaging required. Just be sure to include your name and address on the envelope.

International artists will need to post to Fabrik by the end of December 2023.

All submissions need to be received by the end of March 2024.

Click here to register your participation once your envelope has been sent/delivered.

Handkerchiefs of all sizes and standards are welcome.

India’s intent for present is to create an offering gift to Fabrik at its reopening. Handkerchiefs will remain at Fabrik so please be sure you are willing to gift your offering if you are participating.

* We’re currently expecting to display present when Fabrik reopens in March/April 2024. However, the last few years have taught us to expect the unexpected, so if reopening is delayed, the exhibition dates will be moved to align with the new dates.

Any enquires are welcome at

Image shows a piece of embroidered fabric.
Image Credit India Flint
Image Credit India Flint