DRY HARDS: A Tea Towel Exhibition for Sydney Craft Week 2018






Throw in the towel! Join Bobbin and Ink for DRY HARDS, an exhibition paying homage to one of the most widely-recognised, least-celebrated canvases: the humble, kitchen tea towel.

We're taking part in Sydney Craft Week 2018 and kicking off the opening weekend celebrating a nostalgic piece of domestic craft. From kitsch to couture, there are tea towels of all styles in kitchens around the world. We're inviting creatives to join in on some good clean fun, design and submit your own tea towel (with a chance to sell more if you're keen) at our first in-house exhibition since we first opened Bobbin and Ink.

There's a $250 store-wide Bobbin and Ink voucher up for grabs by entering, with more prizes to be announced soon.

We want to celebrate local craft, artistry and an unsung icon of domestic textiles, the tea towel.



We’re calling for creative submissions from artists and DRY HARDS!

We want you to:

  1. Take a clean blank tea towel (no larger than 750 x 550mm, for exhibiting purposes)
  2. Think about our exhibition theme: MIND
  3. Choose your medium and decorate that towel!
    You can sew, print, stitch, weave, dye, applique, embroider, felt or use other hand or machine techniques to decorate your tea towel. We're looking for creative use of the exhibition theme and originality in subject matter or techniques.
  4. Register your submission by clicking the booking link on this page.
    There is a $5 entry/administration fee for each entry and you'll be required to fill out your details when submitting. 
    You'll then receive an email information pack with further submission details. Entrants will be required to submit a 300dpi photo of their finished towel for Bobbin and Ink to use in choosing finalists. Successful applicants will be contacted and required to deliver their physical tea towel to Bobbin and Ink shortly after.

Entry closes at 8pm on Monday September 17th, 2018 (EXTENDED TO: 8pm Sunday September 23rd, 2018). All finalists will be notified if their entry has made the final cut, in the following 48hrs after that.

We’re keen to see screen printed or sewn entries, but we don’t discriminate, as long as your piece is original and meets the exhibition guidelines. Get cracking!

There will be opportunities for entrants to sell their works during the exhibition, so if you're interested in creating multiples for sale, let us know when you enter.

You're welcome to create your own, but if you need to source a tea towel to decorate, we have cotton and linen blanks for sale in-store and online at Bobbin and Ink that are the perfect size. We also sell a range of textile inks for printing or painting on fabrics, hand and machine sewing threads, and a range of other fun tools for decorating soft surfaces.


If you miss out on submitting a tea towel for yourself, no worries! Everyone is invited to come along to the DRY HARDS exhibition. Artists will have works for sale and there will be plenty of time to mingle and see what's on display.

WHEN: Friday October 5th, 6pm to 9pm.
WHERE: 412 Parramatta Rd, Petersham, NSW, 2049
RSVP: book your free ticket via the booking link above or email us.

Works will displayed in-store until 4pm, Sunday October 7th.

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Bobbin and Ink is taking part in Sydney Craft Week for the second year running.

Mindful Making is the theme for this year's festival: exploring how working with your hands offers opportunities to focus, connect, relax and create, and provides paths for thoughtful use of sustainable materials, innovative processes and an understanding of community needs.

There are hundreds of events happening as part of Sydney Craft Week! Check them out here:


Bobbin and Ink is a sewing and screen printing studio, focused on enabling people to better their technical skills via classes, workshop access, events and sale of tools and supplies. With DRY HARDS, Bobbin and Ink have taken this year's Craft Week theme, simplified it, and challenged our creative community to show us what they've got!

Bobbin and Ink believes in accessible art for all, and we do it by celebrating and sharing the technical skills that are involved in the production of all sorts of mundane, everyday objects like sewn and printed clothes, homewears and other typically mass-produced items. Our aim is to show people that machine-made is not the antithesis to hand-made. Machines are tools, and choosing when and why to use them is part of the fun of making.


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