ATASDA is a non-profit and voluntary organization whose objectives are to promote, foster, develop and advance the decorative fibre crafts and to promote interaction and co-operation between fibre craftspeople and all artists using dyes, pigments, and/or manipulative techniques for fibre and fabric decoration. See www.atasda.org.au
Every year ATASDA has a Challenge - for a small sum they sent out a bag with an very odd assortment of items from which to meet the Challenge.
In 2004 their Challenge was to make a Tacky Tassel from a Goody Bag containing plastic rings, cardboard tube, champagne cork, piece of flyscreen wire, plastic cement washer, plastic mesh, braid, Guipure daisy, assorted fringing, yarns and threads.
The Tacky Tassels were first displayed at the Quilt Show at Darling Harbour, Sydney in June 2004 and then taken to other Craft Shows around Australia.
In 2006 I was asked if it could be sent to Japan as part of the Ecology Earth Art 21 exhibition in Tokyo in January 2007.
In 2005 I received a bag with a very odd assortment from which to meet the Challenge, which was to make a Sublime Talisman. In the Magician's Bag were a match box, cigarette filter, stiffened felt, non-slip matting, Vliesofix, assorted fibres, wire, drinking straw, beads/trinkets and fabric scraps. It took quite a while to work out what to do with these, but this is what resulted.
In 2005 I submitted entries in the Palm House Exhibition held in Sydney in September and to the Up Over/Down Under Exhibition to be seen in Pittsburgh USA in March 2006.
The Challenge for 2006 was Music in the Pack. There was an empty CD case into which the competed picture had to fit. Various fabrics, threads and beads were included and 75% of them had to be used. As I was born in Nairobi, Kenya, I chose Africa as my project in the theme of World Music.
I also had my Party Animal displayed in the Palm House Exhibition, Sydney Botanical Garden in September 2006.
(See ATASDA's website at www.atasda.org.au See also their Artrageous suitcase exhibition to which I have contributed http://www.atasda.org.au/images/exhibits/artrageous/index_1.htm )