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Festival of Samplers 2019

It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce the 2019 Festival of Samplers. The festival will run from February to June, with an extensive course of workshops, talks and exhibitions in the final month. Bringing together well respected artists/tutors Alison Snepp, Effie Mitrofanis, Vivien Caughley (NZ) and Dianne Fisher (Embroiderers' Guild of South Australia); we invite Guild members and friends to join us in exploring their research and learning new skills. 
‘The start of this lifetime’s work was usually the sampler, a word derived from the Latin ‘exemplum’ example. Thus the origin of the sampler is utilitarian; it was a means of learning and recording stitches and patterns, a practical aide-memoire.' Carol Humphrey- Fitzwilliam Museum-Cambridge University Press 1997. 


Historical & Contemporary Sampler Exhibition at Gallery76         1-27 June 
Exhibition Opening  Saturday 1 June
Festival Opening & Show and Tell Evening  Friday 14 June
MAAS Powerhouse Museum Visit  Monday 17 June
Sampler Symposium Day  (see below)  Saturday 22 June
Juniors 'Stitch Your Own Sampler' Workshop  Saturday 29 June

Sampler Symposium Day

Vivien Caughley   The Cook Sampler   
Di Fisher  English 17th century spot motif and band pattern samplers
Alison Snepp  to be advised
Early Bird Price (Ends Friday 1 February)  $80 
Member Price $90
Regular Price $100
Ticket Price includes Morning Tea, Lunch, as well as a
Drinks Reception held at the Gallery in the evening.
To purchase tickets click here
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Sampler Workshops June 2019

Workshops will be led by sampler experts Vivien Caughley (NZ), Effie Mitrofanis, Alison Snepp and the festival will conclude with the last band (#7) of Di Fisher’s English Garden Band Sampler.

Vivien Caughley Sampler workshop  Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 June 
Effie Mitrofanis Contemporary Sampler  Tuesday 18 & Wednesday 19 June
Alison Snepp Workshop Thursday 20 & Friday 21 June
Di Fisher Workshop
Sunday 23 & Monday 24 (Band 7)
(Note Bands 1-6 are run from Feb-May)

Click here for more information on our Sampler Workshops