Irene Manion

Textiles  Watercolour  Photography

Creating Light Patterns with Stitch


  • 2 day workshop
  • 13th -14th January 2024




Embroiderers Guild

76 Queen Street,

Concord West



To find out more about this workshop and  all the others on offer for their Summer school "Perspectives of Paris" go to


The booklet containing details of each workshop is a downloadable .pdf

Workshop run by

Stitching and Beyond in Tasmania


A 3-day workshop that invites participants to explore the full potential of transfer dyes and their versatility. These dyes are painted onto paper and then heat transferred to polyester fabric.

Experiments with the dye will encourage accidental patterning that will lead to the creation of talismanic and totemic forms.  These will be further embellished with a range of free-machine embroidery techniques including my trademark long-stitch technique on the machine, or with hand embroidery.

(See my workshops page for more details here )


Dates: 15th - 17th March 2024, 9.30am to 4.30pm

Location: Whitewater Room,

Kingborough Community Hub

7 Goshawk Way

Kingston, Tasmania, 7050


Log into the Stitching and Beyond Tasmania website to apply to attend this class. Spaces are still available. .


An article about my work has just been included in the latest winter edition of 'Art Quilting Studio" alongside a bunch of interesting articles on such as "Art With Meaning" by fellow Australian artist Julie-Anne Rogers, and "Sailing Away" by Janine Judge whose imagery is bold, colourful and dynamic. Assistant Senior Managing Editor Danielle Williams continues to produce a very informative magazine full of beautifully reprinted artworks by contributors. I'm thrilled to have been given an opportunity to have my work and story appear in this edition of the magazine.


 Regent Honeyeaters in a Swamp Mahogany will be on display at "From the Ground Up"


The Corner Gallery

Percival Rd & Myrtle St



19th October to the 5th November 2023



Dyeing to Stitch.

A workshop that focuses on enhancing machine embroidered stitching through colour and tonal development of the underlying fabric..

Transfer printing techniques on polyester and machine-embroidery techniques are learned and explored in detail.


To find out more about my Dyeing to Stitch  2-day and 5 day workshops, please contact me via the contact page on this website.


Go to @zwirbil_textiles on Instagram for more details about what will be included in the course.


Looking forward to the September Ballarat School 2023, where I will be presenting Dyeing to Stitch for the second time.

Go to the Fibrearts Australia website to find out more about this intensive week long workshop and see the full list of national and international tutors.


The Exhibition runs from

5th August to 3rd September 2023

at the NSW Embroiderers' Guild Gallery

Gallery 76 Queen St.

West Concord, NSW

The Fight For the Regent Honeyeater

Finalist:  Australian Fibre Arts Awards 2023


I'm excited to be included in this book which has now been released and is obtainable from Australian outlets such as Booktopia.


"Through personal interviews and galleries of bird-related fabric artwork, this book celebrates birds and the artists that have been inspired and moved by them.


Escape into an unexpected world of avian fiber art. This collection—brought together by Martha Sielman, executive director of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA)—tells how artists live creatively and how birds fit into their lives and inspire them. Bird lovers, needlecrafters, quilters, and other crafters of all ages will be delighted by this book with gorgeous images of avian art on and with fabric and other materials.

Interviews with and quotes from more than 100 of these artists give "live creatively" advice and inside information about the gorgeous bird-inspired art that they create

More than 200 master crafters—quilters, embroiderers, and other fabric artists—from 15 countries on six continents from different backgrounds and experiences share their love of birds and the inspiration they find in them

Includes photographic galleries of avian art and crafts sorted by bird types, including birds like finches, gulls, owls, woodland birds, birds of prey, and many more

More than 500 full-color images

Readers can curl up in their favorite chairs and enjoy the best of "bird stitchery." Or they can share it with the bird lovers in their life!"


Thrilled to be one of the panelists interviewed by Martha Sielman alongside Kathryn Harmer Fox, (South Africa) and Angela Knapp from the UK. All three artists are featured in Martha's book "Stitched Journeys with Birds".



US Eastern time July 14 & 15, 2023

Australian Eastern time:15 & 16 July 2023


We've taken the best of our online conferences and condensed them into a smaller two-day mini-event. Enjoy fantastic presentations and make connections with other attendees. Hear from artists from all over the world about how they are inspired by their location and travels. This virtual mini-conference will also include opportunities to meet and network with artists worldwide.


Keynote speaker Carolyn Crump uses art quilts to tell provocative stories that defy common boundaries. Crump views her art as an expression of insight, strength, and love. Get to know her through her talk, "The Many Facets of Carolyn Crump."


Travel to Yoko Sekita's rich interior world. Interviewed by Naomi Ichikawa, Sekita showcases complex imagined and autobiographical scenes. Images from Japanese culture, Sekita's travels, and children's literature are hidden in the details of her work. The interview is a treasure hunt through these stories, told from the perspective of a former manga artist.


Join us for panel presentations on artist residencies, SAQA Global Exhibition Aviary, and international artist group 20 Perspectives. Plus, hear more from United Kingdom artist Samantha Boot and her "Palette of Place."


Participate in an art postcard exchange with other attendees.


So please join us for this unforgettable two-day event! Since it's all virtual, you can participate from anywhere. Plus, since everything is recorded, you can watch on your schedule if you can't join us live.


#SAQAArt #ArtQuilt #FiberArt #TextileArt #Quilts @20_perspectives @threads_of_my_life @lisaflowersross @angelaknapp2textileartist @zwirbil_art @kathrynharmerfox @ichikawa.naomi


SAQA Members: $70

Non-SAQA Members: $100

My artwork Fragile Fragments was selected to be part of the International Art Textile Biennale. It will be on display at the East Gippsland Art Gallery from January to March, and will travel throughout Australia till July2024.

I'm thrilled to be a finalist in the Lake Art Prize, 2022 at MAC yapang, Lake Macquarie, my own, local regional gallery..

incoroporating water as part of the subject, resonates with me and this year's specific theme was The Vessel - contained within and moving between.

The exhibition will run from September 23rd to December 11th 2022.


My entry in the Lake Art Prize is

Papiio Evanidis.

The body vessel of the "Papilio Evanidus" (Disappearing Butterfly) is a test tube containing the ‘enzyme soup’ which dissolves the caterpillar as it metamorphoses inside the chrysalis.

The dependence of the butterfly on its habitat has been conceived as a river flowing through the body of the butterfly and into the landscape which is traced out in contour lines. The liquid flows from the body of the insect, as the black liquid continues to give them form and spread out. The wings need the liquid to strengthen, and as it flows through them, the contour line map patterns that are etched into its wings, merge with the landscape, upon which it depends. They are co-dependent.

The test tube chrysalis questions the incredible 'science experiment' civilisation is engaging with as global warming accelerates. The disappearing richness of our physical world is seen in the transparency of this landscape.

Materials: Hand and machine stitching on recycled plastics and  drilled and etched acrylic sheet, plastic test tube, various threads including monofilament,

My work was recently selected to be part of the 5th Birds of a Fiber exhibition being held at the Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum in La Conner, Washington. US.

The exhibition will take place from January 26th through to February 27th 2022.

The Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum in La Conner, Washington. US.


3-d printed moulds were created and used in conjunction with transparent leather to create an ammonite form. This piece was created for the Shell exhibition in 2018.


How Art Heals: Exploring your deep feelings using Collage by Andra Stanton has now been released and is available from bookshops like Schiffer and Amazon.

My textile work entitled "Death and Transfiguration" is featured in this book alongside a bunch of other artists.