ART ON THE MOVE
MACHINES & MAKERS
Displaying a healthy obsession for sewing machines
At Ellenbrook Arts
March 9 - April 7, 2019
Featuring work by: ANGELA McHARRIE, CORAL LOWRY, EVA FERNANDEZ, GEOFFREY DRAKE-BROCKMAN, JUDITH FOREST, LINDA VAN DER MERWE, MIKAELA CASTLEDINE, NALDA SEARLES, PAUL CAPORN, STUART ELLIOT, SUSIE VICKERY, and TEE KEN NG.
Imagine a time when all clothes were stitched by hand. It is estimated that the invention and availability of the
domestic sewing machine reduced the time to stitch an average shirt from 14 hours to 4 hours, this was a turning
point in history. ART ON THE MOVE touring exhibition Machines & Makers captures twelve established artist
responses to this invention, which was viewed as a disruptive technology in the 19th century.
In 1860, Singer became the world’s largest manufacturer of sewing machines with over 15,000 machines made that
year. The tradition of working on a sewing machine continues to be cherished within communities and passed on
“Part of the phenomenon of this machinery is that these objects, made in their hundreds of millions, continue to work
as well in the 21 st century as they did in the 19th century when they were new.” – Curator, Jude van der Merwe
Machines & Makers brings audiences together to reflect on their experiences of the handmade and explore
memories throughout everyday life.
Curated by Jude van der Merwe, the exhibition brings together high calibre Western Australian artists reflecting on the
political, social and economic differences made by inventions, many of which are seen through the lens of memory.