Textile exhibition with a difference

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Textile exhibition with a difference

Atextile exhibition at the Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery by Adelaide-based Dave Rosenberg will showcase work to be seen for the first time in the Limestone Coast.

Called “Meditate on it”, the work is a collection of hand-woven woolen meditation rugs, inspired by the artist’s travels in Thailand and Turkey and by his observations of nature.

The unique display of rugs, in two lengths, is in the form of wall hangings.

The longer rugs, which have a design on them, are used by people who practice meditation through Yoga.

The shorter and plainer rugs are for those who sit and meditate like many Buddhists do in Thailand.

The designs reflect what Dave Rosenberg is thinking or feeling at the time of weaving and have evolved after much thought on the topic.

The Thai inspired wall hangings followed his travels in Asia and the architecture of Thai Buddhist temples is reflected.

In Turkey, Dave walked around the rubble of the once powerful city of Troy.

In a museum nearby he was fascinated with the designs which showed the might and destruction of war.

Dave said flowers always lift his spirits and he is impressed by how nature balances colour and form.

Many of his works are inspired by flowers from within his own garden.

As a textile artist Dave spins and hand dyes wool before weaving it, using the locker knit technique.

He says the entire process is a meditation for him.

His designs are inspired by his strong commitment to the concept of working together for peace and harmony in the world.

Dave has had solo and group exhibitions in Australia and in Thailand and Japan.

His works have sold to private collections in both countries as well as the United States and the Netherlands.

Opening night at the Naracoorte Gallery is tomorrow at 6pm and will include an artist talk.

The “Meditate on it” exhibition runs until June 30.

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