Blog: Patricia Casey

Beams Festival 2013

The Beams Festival held in Chippendale Sydney,  last night was a wonderful night of illuminations, art, music, food, wine, performance and workshops.  In its second year the Festival organised by the Chippendale Creative Precinct brings together a diverse group of creatives for a one night festival of all things bright.  The local streets were closed down and visitors wandered amongst contemporary art installations and enjoyed a meal at the 50 metre communal table.  The feature of the table this year was whismically decorated candle lights supplied by Studio Artes a supported studio for adults living with disability.  They were jewel like, glowing treasures that were definitely the high light of the night.

I was lucky enough to have my work “Breathe” hovering above the communal table.  “Breathe” is a photographic work on georgette with embroidery detail that evokes meditative states.


"Breathe" Photography on georgette with embroidery detail. Hovering above the communal table








Patricia Casey, Breathe, Installed at Beams Festival Chippendale“Breathe” installed in Little Queens Street, Chippendale ready for the Beams Festival.





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Beams Festival YarnBombing Project

I have just at the pleasure of leading a wonderful community based public art project for the Beams Festival here in Sydney.,

What started as a small individual project – probably more as a personal amusement, grew into an inclusive group public art project culminating in a display of colour at the Beams Festival in Sydney’s Chippendale.  The Festival organised by the Chippendale Creative Precinct brought together fine art, video, performance, music and fine food for a special night under the Sydney spring time evening sky.

A call out on social media led to a group of about 25 keen knitters and crocheters joining together under my leadership to decorate the festival site with yarn bombing.  Yarnbombing or guerrilla knitting is a form of graffiti that utilises knitting or crochet pieces to wrap and decorate the streetscape.  Our group included individuals from all works of life, from grandmothers to students as well members of knitting group, Terrific Tensions and Studio Artes Northside, an arts studio in the disability sector.


Beams YarnBombers get together to work on the project

Together the group knitted, crocheted, made pom poms  and adapted beautiful pieces of weaving to wrap and decorate the Chippendale street scape with colour.

Our hard work paid off and we put on a display that I am so proud of.  We covered parking metres, street signs, wrapped trees and decorated buildings transforming Balfour Street. Here are a few photographs of the installation. To view more go to