Scarf Festival

Scarf Festival is the National Wool Museum's annual celebration of all things scarf.

The Scarf Festival 2017 theme is Galaxies: a textile journey to infinity and beyond.

Let the cosmos be your guide.
Find your inspiration amongst gas, dust and stars.
Calculate your trajectory to the National Wool Museum.

This must-see textile exhibition is an eclectic showcase of original handcrafted scarves entered by anyone - from school kids to beginner crafters to accomplished artisans from Australia and internationally.

At the exhibition you can expect to see traditional and experimental scarves in the following categories:

100% wool: The use of materials – scarves in this category must be made from 100% wool which includes any natural animal fibre: alpaca, goat, sheep, etc.
Colour: The use of colour - How does colour (natural, dyed or applied) affect over all design and composition?
Knitted: The method by which two sticks are used to create multiple interlocking loops of yarn, thread or strands of other materials in a line or tube. By hand or machine.
Woven: The method by which warp (longitudinal) and weft (lateral) threads are interlaced at right angles to form a fabric or cloth. By hand or machine.
Crocheted: The method of interlocking loops of yarn, thread or strands of other materials using a crochet hook. By hand or machine.  
Felted: The method by which a textile is produced by matting, condensing and pressing fibres together. Wet or needle felting is permitted.
Menswear: Any medium or discipline may be employed. 
Sustainability: This examines both processes employed such as eco dyeing, minimising energy, transport or material costs and use of materials such as recycling, upcycling and adaptive reuse.
Extreme Scarf: Recognizing interpretation as a technical skill. The emphasis in this category is on concept, design, fabrication and storytelling. The artist’s statement and addressing this year’s Scarf Festival theme are critical.   
Primary School:
(Ages 5 – 12 years)
Any medium or discipline may be employed. The artist’s statement and addressing this year’s Scarf Festival theme are critical.   
Secondary School:
(Ages 13 – 18 years)
Any medium or discipline may be employed. The artist’s statement and addressing this year’s Scarf Festival theme are critical.

There is also the coveted Scarf of the Year prize and People's Choice Award.

Most of the scarves displayed in the exhibition are available for purchase, although all scarves must remain on display until the close of the exhibition. 
 
The exhibition is accompanied by a range of public programs displaying traditional crafts as well as some of the more unusual and cutting edge techniques.

Hosted by the National Wool Museum since 2008, the Scarf Festival attracts well over 450 entries each year culminating in a fantastic exhibition opening launch event.

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Page last updated: Wednesday, 12 April 2017
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