Welcome to ATASDA NSW Branch

Your interest in textiles has taken you to NSW’s Branch site. This site provides information on NSW Branch activities and events.

ATASDA NSW's 2014/15 Committee is an enthusiastic team, happy to call on expertise from past committee members, members and others who share a mutual love of textiles. We work together to embrace and encourage ideas and exciting opportunities for members.

NSW members are an eclectic mix of textile practitioners (experienced and emergent) who joined ATASDA seeking a community that encourages individual practice and encompasses a love of all things textile.

NSW’s membership is steadily growing due to the amazing array of opportunities and activities on offer. NSW Committee undertakes numerous initiatives but it is through the engagement, dedication and commitment of volunteers that ‘things happen’ and ATASDA NSW is exciting.

Through ATASDA, NSW Branch has created a ‘Textile Tribe’.

  • Visit NSW Branch at a Branch Meeting or a Social Day, join with enthusiastic and friendly ‘lovers of things textile’ and browse and borrow from NSW’s extensive library.
  • The Branch also encourages members to make contact with each other through NSW’s Membership Network, if you choose to do so.
  • Expand your textile repertoire through NSW’s workshops, participate in a swap or challenge or create for one of our exhibitions like the biennial Palm House Exhibition. Information on Palm House 2016 coming soon!

Opportunities available are varied and suitable for all skill sets from beginner to highly experienced textile and surface design art practitioner. Joining ATASDA NSW Branch allows you to expand/develop your skills, meet fellow textile lovers, make new friends and take up opportunities to exhibit your artwork.

NSW Committee Members are extremely proud to be part of NSW Branch’s working community and we acknowledge support the Committee receives from many non-Committee members without whose help, expertise, dedication and commitment NSW Branch couldn't function.

A big welcome to a great ‘Textile Tribe’ from ATASDA NSW Committee!

Listed is a brief overview of ATASDA NSW Branch undertakings for members: 


NSW aims to keep members informed online with NSW enews and FibreTribe, two forms of communication breaking down barriers for isolated members. These online communications are enhanced by members signing up to fibrenet (a National Yahoo group).

        Enews – emailed to all NSW member residents (as required) to provide information from NSW Committee about Branch activities, events, reminders, challenges, round robins, etc. It is an electronic 'flyer' for members to keep and file for their reference.
        FibreTribe – NSW’s Blog - focuses on what is happening within the textile world of NSW. It has NSW Branch information, success stories, notification of exhibitions of interest, comments/info/stories from members, with a wider audience outside NSW Branch and the Association. Feedback can be given to blog postings and members can link to FibreTribe and receive postings as an email.
        Fibrenet – (NSW members may join this National Yahoo group) for conversation between registered members to connect them Australia wide for requests/info/comment on textile related topics.


Workshops - 2015 program is now available.

Library – An asset and resource for NSW members and National.

Teacher’s information pack – Available on request      

Twilight Talks - Our last talk was Wednesday, 3 December, 6 – 8pm. Our guest, Ian McDonald, spoke on copyright matters.

NSW Grants for Education Committee (GEC) – Skills Development Grant –This Grant is for all eligible NSW members (applicants must have held membership in NSW Branch for two (2) years) to explore new and exciting avenues in their art practice. Bendigo Bank has generously continued its sponsorship to supplement monies raised by NSW Branch.


Mudgee Feast of the Senses – a 5-day retreat exploring the sights, tastes, sounds, smells and textures of the Mudgee district to inspire individual art practice.  Book now for Getaway 2015!
Fragment Encore - a web-based exhibition 
As You Like It - a round robin

Glebe Island – ATASDA NSW’s Stand at the annual Craft & Quilt Fair, Sydney - more information coming soon for 2015
Palm House Exhibition 2014
- Future...Past – Palm House is a biennial non-juried exhibition open to all ATASDA members Nationally. The theme changes for each exhibition.  More information coming soon for Palm House 2015.

NSW Groups

The Artists Loft - exhibited in Hornsby's Festival of the Arts 2013  and investigating other pop-up opportunities

Fabrikus - a small group of members who exhibited at Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre during Hornsby Shire Festival of Arts 2013 

South – a newly formed group in Southern Sydney, open to all

untethered - a new Group forming to exhibit together in 2015.




The above member artworks are a selection of examples from our Galleries.


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