Local textiles Sydney bound
In conversation with local textile artist Kerryn Taylor about her latest work.
I was hoping to get one piece in the exhibition, so I was really surprised when I learned that both works were selected.
- KERRYN TAYLOR
Local textile artist, Kerryn Taylor, has had two pieces of machine embroidery selected for a major exhibition, “Thread, Stitch, Cloth” which will open in Sydney this month as part of the Festival of Contemporary Machine Stitch 2018.
The exhibition showcases the best of contemporary machine embroidery and will have international and Australian works on show which were selected by an international jury.
Entrants were required to create an artwork which allowed the maker to be innovative and experimental with machine stitch as a main element, while adhering to a size limit.
Kerryn said she was delighted to hear her pieces would be among those to hang in the inaugural event.
“I was hoping to get one piece in the exhibition, so I was really surprised when I learned that both works were selected,” she said.
“The wall panel ‘Greed: 1%-99%’ is based on some street art which I saw in Lisbon, Portugal and is densely machine embroidered.
“The hat ‘Sea Anemone’ was developed from a workshop organised by Wangaratta Art Gallery with Meredith Woolnough.
“I had the design drawn up but needed to learn some extra techniques about shaping the flat embroidery into a 3D form.”
Kerryn said the ‘Greed’ panel took several weeks of intense machining, including recently reworking a section she wasn’t happy with - the unpicking taking three times as long as the stitching itself.
She said Sea Anemone was machine stitched on water soluble fabric.
“I had drawn the design on the fabric and then machined it with differing colours,” she said.
“When the stitching was completed it was placed in a container of water to dissolve the foundation fabric - it was then moulded over a polystyrene ball and allowed to dry.
“I had painted the tiny leaves on Eva Foam which were cut out and stitched in place.
“I had to paint the embroidery with millinery stiffener as the weight of the foam leaves was too much for the stitching to hold up on its own.
“The hat base is a straw buntal button which I painted - I would have spent about 15 hours altogether with its construction.”
The exhibition “Thread, Stitch, Cloth” opens at the NSW Embroiderers’ Guild, 76 Queen Street Gallery, Concord West in Sydney on September 21 and runs until November 6.
It is sponsored by Bernina Australia as part of Bernina’s 125th birthday celebrations.
ART AND CRAFT: Kerryn Taylor with two of her innovative creations which are Sydney-bound, having been selected for the inaugural “Thread, Stitch, Cloth” exhibition.