The current exhibition at the Handweavers and Spinners Guild in North Carlton is work by Lithuanian born Ale Liubinas. She came with her family to Australia in 1949 from a displaced persons camp in Germany. The case her father had made from pine trees on the farm in Lithuania, and used by the family for their few possessions when they fled in 1944, is in the collection at the Melbourne Museum.
After marriage and children she went to night school at Phillip Institute to study dress design and handloom weaving and design. She graduated in Fine Arts with a ceramics major.
This very talented lady worked in all these media for the rest of her life. Ale was active in textile groups in her local community. In 1990, after Lithuania gained independence, she returned to search for her lost childhood and wrote three books about her experiences following her retirement.
Ale passed away earlier this year and her sons asked the guild to assist in selling some of her work to raise funds for the creative art group at Arcadia Aged Care Facility in Essendon North.
From all the red stickers I saw, everything is sold however the exhibition is on at 655 Nicholson St. Carlton North until July 15.