In 2003 the Melbourne Scarf Festival© began. The vision of Craft Victoria it struck a chord and flourished;
quickly out growing its Melbourne home. In 2008 it moved to Australia’s home of
wool – the National Wool Museum. The
Scarf Festival© was born.
Since it began, over 3,000 scarves, created by more
than 1,000 artists from across Australia,
Asia, Europe and North America have been displayed, many have been sold. The enduring
attraction - anyone or group may enter; all ages and abilities are both welcome
and encouraged to participate.
In 2018, after 15 years we knew it was time for Scarf Festival© to grow, take a next step. Today we #CelebrateTheScarf and the time honoured Scarf of the Year Award is an integral part of We The Makers Design Festival - Makers Marketplace.
From modest winter
wear to lovingly crafted treasure, fashion statement to meticulously crafted
art form. We The Makers Design Festival - Makers Marketplace is still a showcase of wearable art
to be touched, tried-on and purchased. It is all about supporting and promoting
artists and contemporary craft.
Traditional Craft and Contemporary Practice
More than an exhibition of finished
pieces. We The Makers Design Festival – Makers Marketplace is a UNESCO Geelong - City of Design biennial festival from the National Wool Museum, Geelong, Australia. The 2020 inaugural theme: ‘Design for the Future: Sustainable and Ethical
Textiles and Fashion’.
We The Makers Design Festival – Makers Marketplace will
exhibit and sell original creations by entrants of all backgrounds, ages and abilities - everyone from established
makers, designers and artists to those just starting out. This is the place
where you can create, display and sell your headwear, scarves,
bodywear and footwear.
It is an opportunity to share, learn and create. Throughout the festival there is an exciting schedule of hands-on learning programs which provide participants the opportunity to see first-hand the techniques and trends being developed and used around the world of craft today.
Scarf of the Year
Of the thousands entered over the years, only 15 have won Scarf of the Year. To this we pay tribute and continue the tradition in We The Makers - Makers Marketplace. Sponsored by Provincial Media - Geelong + Surf Coast Living Scarf of the Year continues to take pride of place and support the talent, expertise and hard work of makers from across Australia.
Scarf Festival Legacy
– Living on the Land
A sense of place and connection. The natural and built
landscapes; the places where we live, work and play.
2017 – Galaxies
260 scarves entered.
A textile journey
to infinity and beyond. Let the cosmos be your guide. Find your inspiration
amongst gas, dust and stars. Calculate your trajectory to the National Wool
2016 – Myths and Legends
278 scarves entered.
Myths - Stories
of a people and place …
Legends - Stories
handed down …
Scarves - Stories
told in fabric ...
Interpret a myth, capture a legend, be part of something extraordinary.
2015 – Coastlines
A great and terrible beauty, where the land
meets the sea.
No single perimeter
measures it or defines it. Forever changing, a fractal paradox, ill-defined in
length and where precise lines cannot be determined. It is said that 44 percent of
people on earth live within 150 kilometres of the sea and 4 out of 5
Australians live within 50 kilometres of the coast.
Coastlines are all at once
comforting and terrifying, they are memories, the epicentre of environmental issues and landscapes unto
themselves; like a scarf each with its own inherent personality and its own
story to tell.
What direction will you take?
– divinely wicked or devilishly good?
What path will you take?
Will you be tempted
by good or bad, or naughty or nice?
Are you one or the other? Or a little bit
What happens when darkness meets the light?
What does it mean when the
lines blur and the balance is broken? And how will you say it in a scarf?
2013 – Home
The National Wool Museum invites you to answer a most heartfelt
question – what is home? Whatever it means to you, however you define it, shape
it and live it, this is your opportunity to create a scarf that explains, explores
and explodes the myths and realities of what it means to belong.
2012 – The Journey
The Journey - is a
textile exploration of what it means to each of us to travel. Inspired by daily
trips, happy holidays and special sojourns, this theme examines the paths we
choose and the extraordinary discoveries we make along the way.
2011 – Rhythm of Life
Celebrate the rhythm
of life; the relationships, events and moments that make each of our lives
unique. As with life, each scarf is unique and there is a rhythmic quality to
their creation: the whirr of the wheel, the clack of the loom and the clicking
2010 – Reflections
Reflections requires you to delve into what has inspired
your art and craft in the past and to question where your artistic ideas have
come from. What are your roots? Does your craft express your cultural or
2009 – Transformation
Transformation. n. to
change in form, appearance, nature, or character
Melbourne Scarf Festival – Produced by
2008 – A Month About Making
No festival this year, replaced by Craft Victoria as ‘A Month About Making’.
2007 – Spin
The concept of spin; textile
works influenced by the theme in material and design.
2006 – Pod
The challenge: to
include a pocket in the scarf which could be used for an
iPod, mobile phone or handheld device.
2005 – True Colours
Tribalism and the different ways in which colours can be worn to
2004 – Wrapture
The language of
scarves and their role in wrapping the body.
2003 – Scarf Culture