Parramatta Cloth Art Series launched
During the 2018 Australian Heritage Festival this month, The Social Canvas is launching an Art-series tribute to the historic "Parramatta Cloth" which was once a significant local product. Our screen-printed series begins with 100% Linen tea towels that are available from the Parramatta Visitors Centre and online here.
For many decades since the 1790s fine natural fibre fabrics were woven for the early Colony here in Parramatta. Initially raw wool was washed on the riverbank for the Factory above the Gaol, the site of which is now Prince Alfred Square and Riverside Theatres. Industry expanded upstream to Gov. Macquarie's 2nd Female Factory on Fleet Street, and downstream to the Queens Wharf, known as Byrnes Mill.
Our Parramatta Cloth designs make a quality gift or kitchen-hand suggestion (for Mum to delegate). Available in natural offwhite or black these present a monochrome print of an original painting "Land Spirits #7" by our artist Geoff Sellman. The painting received the KARI award at the 2017 Mil-Pra AECG Aboriginal Art Exhibit in December 2017 at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
You may wish to start collecting our Art-series for a wall-hanging, or just wiping hot washed dishes. Available from the National Trust at Old Government House