Connected by Thread
An exciting exhibition by 5 textile artists.
From Saturday 31st March until Monday 30th April 2018
Why art made with textiles? We are five women with different stories who all share a deep respect for the history of textiles and the elemental need for all humankind to use cloth for warmth, shelter and cultural identity. Working with a traditionally "women-based craft", we choose to make art with old cloth and stitch, to explore and represent our response to the world. Through the use of slow stitch on cloth, we wish to reflect in our art a sense of quietness and respect. A much needed grounding in these uncertain times.
5 ladies, 5 stories
Coming from a conventional sewing and dressmaking background, Chris has always had a love of textiles, particularly their texture, colour and drape. In recent years she has begun to explore a more artistic use of fabric, fibre and stitch and is developing a more experimental approach embracing collage, stitch and natural dyeing. Chris has always been a person who loves to re-use things in a different form and this desire is seen now in her use of corrugated iron, metal objects, wood, tree bark and found objects. As a keen bush walker and traveller, Chris has a particular love of nature and earthy, natural colour and form. These interests and her awakening awareness to a diverse array of art, are reflected in her work where new pieces evolve principally using natural dyes, natural fibres and depict the textures seen in nature.
Textiles have always been a part of Sue’s life, as a child watching her mother sew or knit clothes, then doing the same as a young woman and mother. Quilting then became her hobby, making quilts for family and friends, which then led onto Textile Arts through a course at Marden Senior College. Sue likes to dye and paint fabric, free machine embroider, hand stitch and applique, but also likes experimenting and attending workshops. She hopes that her work reflects her care for the environment, in her use of recycled fabrics.
Margaret enjoys painting, dying, stamping with machine and hand stitch embellishment. She recycles and changes plain or commercial fabric to suit her needs.
Margaret has a special interest in different trees and their leaves. Her love for colour, gardens and natures changing seasons have become the main source of inspiration for her textile art.
Victoria has always loved working with fabric and stitch and in the reuse of textiles in ways which show respect to their origins. In valuing these old pieces of cloth she creates new works based on old traditions using natural dying and the thoughtfulness of slow stitch. Victoria is particularly drawn to the resourcefulness shown in making of the Australian Wagga and Japanese boro. Victoria’s textile art may be based on remnants from the past but it has a twist which make these pieces relevant to a modern aesthetic.
Wendy’s textile art is based around a fascination with designing her own fabric and creating texture. To achieve this, she has used monoprinting techniques, plant based and discharge dyeing. There is an element of serendipity in this approach and it dictates how she responds with the next stage of using stitch to build texture and create shapes for her vessels. Wendy enjoys the meditative process of hand stitching and particularly the patterns and texture that can be created in this way with shibori stitch techniques.
Wendy also enjoys creating vessels with machine made cords because every vessel develops a different shape and character depending on the fabric remnants used.
She aims to create a sense of calmness and space in her work.
Meet the Artists event
on Saturday 14th April at 2pm
Everyone is welcome to come along and learn more about the practice and processes and generally join in the fun.
10.00am - 4:00pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday.
13 Main North Road
Auburn, South Australia, 5451
We are on the corner of Port Road and Main North Road (Horrocks Highway) opposite the BP Service Station.
90 minutes drive north of Adelaide, Auburn is the historic gateway to the Clare Valley.