Free, Booking Not Required


Thu 17 Mar
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Fri 18 Mar
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tue 22 Mar
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Wed 23 Mar
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thu 24 Mar
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Fri 25 Mar
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Australian Tapestry Workshop


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Mass Reduction

Mass Reduction Past Event

Presented by Australian Tapestry Workshop

Mass Reduction presents the work of artists and designers who through playful transformation of textile remnants and interrogation of linear modes of textile consumption offer innovative creative design approaches to confronting textile waste. These works provide an antithesis to heedless textile production by championing mending and embracing wear and tear, privileging waste materials in design, slow process and repurposing and reusing textile waste. As well as through material choices, many artists and designers employ a theoretical investigation into how we create and consume textiles and invite reflection on the value of post-consumer materials.


Eileen Braybrook

Eileen Braybrook is a Melbourne-based textile and knitwear designer. Since graduating from RMIT’s Bachelor of Textile Design in 2013, Braybrook has collaborated with renown Australian designers such as Romance Was Born, Erik Yvon, Adiars and Country Road. Her playful, conversational style explores colour and texture, mixing nostalgia with otherworldliness. She works across fashion, interiors and experimental knit design. Braybrook’s recent work involves rescuing vintage knitwear and giving it new life through darning and repairing techniques.

Aaron Billings

Aaron Billings is a Melbourne-based textile and comic artist, and gallery manager at artist collective and studio space Pink Ember Studio. His quilt-making began as a process of repurposing scrap material and test screen prints from his time as a student at Monash University. Billings prints, illustrates, and embroiders his quilts to document and share his projections of a queer future; a nod to the folk-art of quilting, and its particular re-emergence during the AIDS epidemic. Recently, Billings has been teaching embroidery. He collects his samples, and samples leftover from his students and has been reimagining them into his ‘workshop detritus’ quilt.

Elise Cakebread

Elise Cakebread is an artist and founder of Cakebread textile design studio, based in Gordon, Victoria. Cakebread explores materiality, tactility, sustainability, disposability and the ornamental through experiments with traditional textile processes. She focuses on the tensions created by unexpected contrasts that emerge between material, form, colour, texture and scale. This gives life to sculptural work, installations and decorative objects. Cakebread’s work has been exhibited nationally, including at Craft, Design Tasmania and The Australian Design Centre. She is currently undertaking a creative fellowship awarded by Regional Arts Victoria.

Aphra Cheesman

Aphra Cheesman is an artist based in Melbourne (Naarm/Birrarung-ga) from Aotearoa New Zealand. In 2020 she completed her BA (Fine Art) (Honours) at RMIT. She was selected as a finalist for the graduate showcase at Craft Victoria Fresh! 2021, the Marzee International Graduate Show and Talente in Munich in 2021. Cheesman is interested in the in-between moments of daily life, and creates jewellery and objects that are both interactive and wearable. Her latest work collects traces of the encounters that have occurred between people and things, gleaning objects and materials that are worn or decayed; signs of their past, and their interactions with people.

Joanna Fowles

Joanna Fowles’ practice is situated within a minimal and abstract geometric aesthetic informed by theories of circular design. Joanna’s works extract colour from sourced natural materials to make place-responsive artworks and installations through mediums of dye, screenprint and paint. She combines minimal expression to natural materials creating works that invite reflection on our perception of local materials from urban foraged, post-consumer materials and waste resources. Fowles has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions including Milan Furniture Fair (2019) and Sydney’s Superlocalstudio (2020). Joanna works from her home studio in bushland on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia.

Blake Griffiths

Blake Griffiths is a weaver living and working in Broken Hill, NSW. Griffiths’ work grapples with the tension between making and producing concurrently to social, cultural, environmental, and political issues; using textiles to understand the world and hypothesize new futures. Deeply informed by his local environment, and his connection to Broken Hill, Griffiths utilises found materials, such as emu feathers, and domestic waste collected from his daily life. By shredding, cutting, twining, plying and weaving waste into a large-scale textile, Griffiths actively reassigns and transforms the ‘no value’ of domestic waste, making it a site of value and creativity, and tactile familiarity.

Eloise Rapp

Eloise Rapp is a Sydney-based designer and maker working at the intersection of craft and system change. Her work emphasises experimentation, collaboration and community engagement as a way to humanise textiles. She has over ten years of design experience in the fashion industry, and has taught at UTS, UNSW, Tainan National University of the Arts, Taiwan and Vantan Design Institute, Tokyo. Her work has been exhibited at the CCCD in Hong Kong, Gaffa Gallery and the Australian Design Centre. She now runs a responsible textile studio, ‘Push Pull Textiles’, to build her vision of a viable alternative to exploitative and extractive production methods.


RaasLeela is a textiles brand based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, comprised of an all-women team of makers and artisans. RaasLeela follows sustainability as a lifestyle by repairing, conserving and consuming less and following eco-friendly practices. Every design, material, and process is thoughtfully considered for its purpose. RaasLeela focuses on making a difference – in consuming resources, in reviving crafts, in providing an inclusive growth to people who are connected with the brand. Their processes involve considered making of garments and homewares, including repairing and upcycling garments, low-water and bleach free dyeing, and bespoke pieces.

Reiko Sudo/NUNO

Reiko Sudo is a Japanese textile designer and co-founder of NUNO, an innovative textile design company focused on reinterpreting the techniques, materials and aesthetics of traditional textiles with cutting-edge, modern technologies without diminishing the value of handicraft. Sudo’s deep exploration into Japan’s traditional silk industry led to recent works, which involve repurposing silkworm cocoon waste into textiles with greater creative relevance. Her works have exhibited globally at major international museums, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, and the National Museum of Modern Art’s Craft Gallery in Tokyo.

Lisa Waup

Lisa Waup is an artist and curator of Gunditjmara, Torres Strait Islander and Italian heritage, based in southeast Melbourne. Her practice is comprised of printmaking and distinct, mixed-media weaving techniques, including woven sculptures, vessels and body adornment. Waup’s unique brooches and earrings feature remnant fabrics from her 2017 and 2019 collaboration with Melbourne fashion design Ingrid Verner. Soulfully woven with both found and natural materials, her pieces allow to her share stories while creating a connection to place and kin. Waup has exhibited at ACCA, NGV, NMA, Fremantle Art Centre, Art Gallery of South Australia and ReDot Gallery in Singapore.