By Cam Lucadou-Wells
Textile works are on one hand so old school. However artist Brooke Hyrons invigorates this art form with an infusion of “mercuriality”.
Two of her pieces are part of Cultural Threads, a month-long textiles celebration in Greater Dandenong that bridges many times and cultures.
Hyrons, a Monash University fine arts student, says there’s much appeal in the patient rhythms of textile creation.
“It’s a lengthy process in a world that’s so fast and everything is changing.
“It’s important to hear these old processes that take a while.”
Inspired by sustainability, Hyrons makes use of recycled materials and clothing.
She’s also a student of history – of the progression of textiles and womens rights embodied in the roles of domestic women.
Hyrons, of Caulfield North, was introduced to textiles in high school. She moved into abstract painting, but found herself drawn into other art disciplines including textile.
“I definitely see myself as a multi-disciplinary artist.”
Hyrons’ work will feature in the exhibition Zephyr launched at Walker Street Gallery on 3 August.
Zephyr includes diverse artists such as John Barbour, Jon Campbell, Raquel Ormella, Jane Passehl, Hayley Tan, Kei Takamura, Katie West, Sam Martin and Rubaba Haider.
Other events include an accessible and portable arts space Nebula, held in Harmony Square from 5-9 August.
Greater Dandenong mayor Roz Blades said Cultural Threads workshops, events, exhibitions and activities will run throughout August.
“A love of textiles is shared around the world which is why this event continues to have widespread appeal,” Cr Blades said.
“This event encourages members of our vibrant and diverse community to share their stories and connect with others, through a mutual love of textiles.”
Cultural Threads closes with an open day event at Heritage Hill on 31 August, 1pm-4pm.