Stepahnie Eland, Liz Collinge, Sue Prothero
Friday 2nd April until Monday 26th April 2021.
Artists Liz Collinge, Sue Prothero and Stephanie Eland are three textile artists from Gawler, South Australia who call themselves
Inspired by Plonk
From excited chatter like birds at sunrise, this body of work came about as we ventured out for a field trip. While discussing the future direction for each of us, we arrived at the theme “Untamed”.
We three share a common bond, through the bending of rules and an untamed approach to the way in which we view the world and represent it in our art.
Over time we have come to value and appreciate the diversity that each member brings to the group and together we arouse each other’s full potential as artist.
Untamed describes my body of work, some are created as representations of creatures, untamed landscapes, the untamed structure of the indigo dye process and the freedom that hand stitching provides.
Most of my work has an emotional connection and representation to moments of time and places that hold value, joy and happiness.
Materials I have a preference for working with are my hand dyed fabrics and threads these I dye using one form or another. Other techniques are beading, hand and machine stitching, couching and needle turn applique.
Nature has many fascinating untamed traits from the majestic flight of a butterfly, the fierceness of a mother protecting it’s young, cannibalistic tendencies of the prey mantis and the colour transformation of the octopus. Each piece has a life memory or experience associated with it, from my childhood, friendships and family holidays. Through the creation of each piece, I re-live those fond memories of places, people and experiences using materials from recycled, hand dyed, hand painted fabrics.
Observations of the sky, backyard and love of the sea has been reflected in my work. Through a common love of bird watching in the backyard with my husband Gareth I recorded some of our visitors in “Natures Chior”. Travel and childhood experiences in and around the Fleurieu Peninsula from Sailing with my parents spending lots of time on Jetty’s and Docks has developed my appreciation of the forms in nature.
The mediums I enjoy working with are thread painting, free motion quilting, fabric dying and fabric piecing.
We hope the visitors to our exhibition can reflect their own stories or moments in time by viewing this body of work.
All work is for sale. Please contact the gallery if you are interested in purchasing one of the pieces.