Horsetail Embroidery Workshop

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 March  | 10am – 3.30pm
Cost: $250
Conc/WAG Friends $225
Age 14 and over




To align with the Maker’s Hand exhibition, Tricia Flanagan will be sharing both the techniques and stories and history of horse tail embroidery. Horse tail embroidery is an artistic skill that has been handed down through thousands of generations by the women of the Shui nationality.

In this two day workshop you will be introduced to the practice of Horsetail Embroidery and learn the history and skills required to produce your very own embroidery.
In the introduction you will learn a little about its history, tradition and meaning and look at some physical examples. You will then choose motifs to design your own story and learn the 6 basic steps to make your own piece. Preparing the base fabric, drawing the design, preparing threads, binding horsehair, couching the outline, and filling stitch.

This is a rare opportunity not to be missed, with limited places.

All materials will be provided
The kit includes: fabrics, threads, horsehair, embroidery hoop, 3 needles, clippers, tweezers, cording, beads and a thimble.



Tricia Flanagan

Tricia Flanagan is an artist whose work inhabits a threshold, where digital and analogue crafting
rub together. Her work questions the evolution of our future bodies and wearable technologies
and speculates on new ways we may interact and inhabit the world of the future. Her work is
exhibited and published internationally, represented in private and public collections in Australia, Ireland, Germany and China. She is known for her research in Human Computer Interaction, Cyborganics and Haptic Interface design. She represented Oceania at the Tornei Contemporary Textiles Biennial in Belgium and her work is held in the collection of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum. Recently, her work has been shown at the Taipei Museum of Modern Art Taiwan and Japan Foundation Gallery, Sydney. Flanagan established a Wearables Lab for Hong Kong Baptist University in 2009 and currently leads research into Wearables at the Creative Robotics Lab and the Interactive Media Lab at University of New South Wales where she is a lecturer in Textiles and Sculpture..







Bookings are essential as spaces are limited
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above: Shui women in traditional costume featuring horse tail embroidery, courtesy of Tricia Flanagan.  From left to right Yongxiu Wei, Ti Pan, Shuixian Song, Dr. Patricia Flanagan from UNSW, Zhangxinzhu Jin from GYPEC, Yong Mo, Shai Wei, E Lu. Photo Xinchun Li.