Starting its exhibition life at Pour l’Amour du Fil in Nantes, France and now in Canberra, this textile art project is rich in history and colour.

This art project has been initiated by renowned Australian textile designer and our special guest artist at the Canberra fair, Dijanne Cevaal, with additional contributions from textile artists from around Australia.

With techniques showcased including embroidery, linocut, hand dyeing, stitching, layering, quilting and embellishing, this textile display will stand the test of time. Each piece has been hand printed, and is particularly beautiful in the cloth.

The linocut designs for this project have been inspired by the medieval period in France known for its rich tapestries and embroideries, in particular the figures on the Royal Portal at Chartres Cathedral and the lady and the Unicorn tapestry in the Cluny Musee in Paris. The Medieval Project radiates colour and inspiration from this important part of history.

Don’t miss Dijanne demonstrating various textile art techniques including linocut printing on fabric. She will also discuss the Medieval Project and the inspiration behind the images featured in a daily floor talk at 12.30pm.


Dijanne Cevaal is a renowned Australian textile artist, teacher, author, and experienced curator and organiser of international exhibitions. These travelling exhibitions have showcased the work of Australian textile artists in Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.

Dijanne’s own work has also been exhibited around the world in both group and solo exhibitions. “I love to dye and print fabrics and assemble them into quilts with lots of stitching both by hand and machine . I also create my own linocuts for printing on fabric.”

There are four different linocuts with different patterns/images. The first trial print from a linocut is usually done on newspaper.

Dijanne creates four different linocuts for each project she initiates – each features different patterns/images to a theme. The first trial print from a linocut is usually done on newspaper.

The fabric print is then created. The new Aussie Bush series offers unlimited scope for embellishing – embroider, bead and more!

The fabric print is then created for people to use as a base for their own textile art piece. Dijanne’s new Aussie Bush series offers unlimited scope for embellishment – embroidery, beading and more!