Textile group search for a home base

Umbrella group for textile artists in the Bendigo region is struggling to link-up with the right people.

HOME WANTED: Interlace president Jeanette Bastian is looking for a permanent residence to house the group's textile equipment such as looms.  Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

HOME WANTED: Interlace president Jeanette Bastian is looking for a permanent residence to house the group's textile equipment such as looms. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

The group, named Interlace, has been avidly making contact with people from the community in an attempt to find a permanent premises to meet.

In an effort to keep the history alive the groups president Jeanette Bastian has sent a letter of request to MP Jacinta Allan asking for assistance along with a number of Bendigo businesses.

Ms Bastian said she had contacted Bendigo Pottery, Bendigo woollen mills and Bendigo TAFE.

So far the group have not had any luck finding a place to call home.

"I see a space that could encompass everything we have to offer," Ms Bastian said.

"Sales, workshops and classes for everyone.

"Other towns have a fibre arts base but we don't."

Not only are the group looking for a building but they are working toward becoming incorporated and obtaining insurance.

The group aimed to become an enterprise encompassing not only weaving but quilting, knitting, felting, basket-making, embroidering and spinning.

In Ms Bastian's letter she said the knowledge of these skills are diminishing.

"Years ago it was taught in our schools, now there are few opportunities to see how fabric is made," she wrote.

The aim of the group is to keep those skills alive.

Ms Bastian said the building requirements were that it were a permanent space, large, close to public transport, all on one level, parking nearby and preferably a wet are for dyeing.

The group is calling for any community support.

"We are operating on the premise that the more people we talk to, the more options will arise," Ms Bastian said.

"We see it looking somewhat like a Men's Shed but for women."

She said there were quite a few people interested.

To support the group, call Jeanette on 5444 1643 or find them on Facebook.

HOME WANTED: Interlace president Jeanette Bastian is looking for a permanent residence to house the group's textile equipment such as looms.  Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

HOME WANTED: Interlace president Jeanette Bastian is looking for a permanent residence to house the group's textile equipment such as looms. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

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