FJ's fabric comes back in fashion

Emma Charlton models her own dress, in front of a painting by Liz Gannon.

Emma Charlton models her own dress, in front of a painting by Liz Gannon.

FABRIC retrieved from the Fletcher Jones factory floor has been recycled into an eye-popping variety of artistic items, set to be auctioned off this week.

Artist-run initiative The F Project has displayed dozens of cloth-related art before the fund-raiser auction, which will coincide with the launch of a temporary retail outlet stocking the creative pieces.

F Project president Emma Charlton said the decades-old fabric has been processed into everything from knick knacks to large visual art pieces and even its intended finished product — apparel.

“The material used is quite versatile — the artists involved have created some wonderful pieces which they’ve been working on since February,” Dr Charlton said.

“We’re inspired by Fletcher Jones, the way he supported art in many forms, his ethical business operations and his support of the disadvantaged.”

Much of the fabric was saved from the rubbish heap following the closure of the Fletcher Jones factory site nine years ago. Warrnambool artist Tamara Sharp noticed that reams of fabric were set to be transported to the tip and volunteered to put the material into storage.

The event will take place at the F Project’s Timor Street base The Artery on Friday, with the auction starting from 7pm.

Money raised will support fund-raising to employ a project worker and to install tracking lights in the Artery gallery.

South-west artist Ben Fennessy will also launch his new exhibition Rosebrook at The Artery from 6.30pm on the same day.

alex.sinnott@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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