WORKSHOP // Botanical Textile Workshops with Victoria Garcia

Victoria Garcia is a Filipino-Australian artist and textile designer based in Sydney. Through drawing, textile design and interactive installations, Victoria creates heavily patterned, immersive environments which both question and reenact her Filipino Australian identity, narratives of colonialism, and her deep connection to the landscape. Victoria has been commissioned by major brands and companies including Warner Brothers Productions, Microsoft and Sass and Bide.

For the September/October School Holidays at the Chinese Garden of Friendship, join Sydney artist and designer Victoria Garcia for a special series of textile art workshops. In this workshop, small groups of participants will work with Victoria to learn the basics of botanical illustration, taking the surrounds of the Chinese Garden of Friendship as inspiration. Then, work with Victoria to turn your illustration into a piece of textile art, illustrating a fabric artwork that you can take home.

For participants aged between 7-18 years, accompanied by a responsible adult. All materials provided, with bookings online encouraged to ensure all participants get to complete their take-home artwork.

About the artist: Victoria Garcia is a Filipino-Australian artist and textile designer based in Sydney. Through drawing, textile design and interactive installations, Garcia creates heavily patterned, immersive environments which both question and reenact her Filipino Australian identity, narratives of colonialism, and her deep connection to the landscape. Garcia has been commissioned by major brands and companies including Warner Brothers Productions, Microsoft and Sass and Bide, and has produced large-scale public artworks for Wollongong Central and Ambush Gallery (2017), Broadway Shopping Centre (2016) and Oxford Art Factory (2013). In 2017 Garcia was awarded the Southlands Breakthrough Emerging Artist Award from Penrith Performing and Visual Arts and a Summer Studio Residency with Penrith Regional Gallery. Her work has been featured in ‘PATTERNBOX’ curated by The Textile Art Centre New York, and published by Princeton Architectural Press.

With a strong background in design and visual art, she works across fashion textiles and illustration, homewares, interiors, and costume/film. Victoria’s approach to art and design has been heavily influenced by her illustrative work and she specializes in creating hand drawn imagery and pattern. She is currently represented by illustration agency International Rescue.

Victoria Garcia’s Textile Art Workshops are produced by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in partnership with the Chinese Garden of Friendship for the September/October 2019 school holidays program. 4A’s artist-led workshops throughout 2019 are supported by Create NSW’s Audience Development Fund, a devolved funding program administered by Museums & Galleries of NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.