The Maharajah's Garden

ATASDA's 2010 Travelling Exhibition

The exhibition consisted of a two brightly-decorated suitcases, Saffron and Jasmine, which travelled Australia independently during 2010 and 2011, providing groups and schools with a portable exhibition and educational display in a suitcase. 

The suitcases visited almost every state and territory – only ACT missed out – and clocked up a grand total of about 50000 kilometres between them 

Each suitcase contained about twenty-five exotic and vibrant textile works in a range of different media. 

The works were light but robust (to withstand the travelling process), ranging in size from 15cm square to 120cm x 200cm and displayed both flat and/or hanging to suit individual requirements.


Artwork by Claire Brach (left) and Barbara McLennan ("Tiger Tiger", right)

Each work was accompanied by an A3 techniques board, explaining the inspiration for the work and one of the methods using in the construction of the piece. This documentation not only provided a valuable teaching resource for techniques but illustrated, in a simple form, the kind of documentation needed to accompany exhibited artworks. Some exhibitors included links to online tutorials or other works.

Each suitcase exhibition also involves a collaborative project. The Maharajah’s Garden exhibition included colourful and eye-catching bunting, individually-designed from a basic kit, that could be tied together to form a flexible collaborative display. Made from kits to standard shapes, the bunting demonstrates the very individual work that textile artists can do, from the same starting point.

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Above: Left and Centre - How the Travelling Exhibition might be displayed
Right - Saffron heading from the Post Office to start her journey around Australia.

The only cost for these exhibitions is the registered postage to the next venue. They are amazingly good value and a wonderful way to foster the textile arts throughout Australia.


Barbara BokenhamDebra McPheeDenise LithgowDenni KirkhamErica Portelli
Felicity ClarkeGloria MuddleJanice FerretJan ManthorpeJulee Jones
Karen DunsheaKatherine KachorKathy GausdenKirry TooseLeonora Drury
Margie CreekMarg LongPatricia ChambersPeg LawtonRoxanne Smith
Sue Clarke
Jenni KirkhamJenni KirkhamDebbie AchurchDebbie AchurchLyn Brown
Lyn BrownJudy NolanJudy NolanFiona HammondMaggie Showell
Jeanette LambertSharon McGrathHelen BrennanJudy SheppardJudy Sheppard
Hazel GhisiaElizabeth RaymondElizabeth RaymondJane BrodnarukJane Brodnaruk
Elizabeth RobertsElizabeth RobertsEva HaynesEva HaynesKerryn Taylor
Kerryn TaylorClaire BrachClaire BrachMarg LongMarg Long
Jo BaileyJo BaileyMaureen MuttonMaureen MuttonHelen Whelan
Helen WhelanNoelene FlemingGloria MuddleLynne BrittenLynne Britten
Tricia SmithTricia Smith


Carmel SchneiderCindy HooperDebbie AchurchDesdemona FosterDiana Henderson
Dorothy LuthorFiona HammondGail DavisHelen MacRitchieHelga Hague
Judy NolanLindy SmithLorinda FreemanLyn BaxterMarion Boyling
Mary Jane HendersonMaureen MuttonMaz BeestonSharon McGrathSue Ford
Tricia Smout
Tricia SmoutTricia SmoutSandra ChampionSandra ChampionKerry Shelberg
Diane GroenewegenDiane GroenewegenJulee JonesJulee JonesPenny Earner
Penny EarnerLyn CastleLyn CastleRae WachettHeather Hallinan
Peg LawtonBarbara McLennanBarbara McLennanCindy HooperCindy Hooper
Carol HohCarol HohBarbara ReinhardBarbara ReinhardDenise Lithgow
Denise LithgowGail McCallGail McCallMary HedgesMary Hedges
Maz BeestonMaz BeestonHelen MacRitchieHelen MacRitchieElaine Whitton
Elaine WhittonTeena HughsBeverley ChowGail DavisTeena Hughs
Virginia KosterVirginia Koster



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


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