Lo­cal tex­tiles Syd­ney bound

In con­ver­sa­tion with lo­cal tex­tile artist Ker­ryn Tay­lor about her lat­est work.

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ANITA McPHER­SON am­cpher­son@ne­me­dia.com.au

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.

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