Fab­ric artists for Stitch­bird

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FOUR lo­cal artists with a com­mon thread— fab­ric— are com­ing to­gether for an ex­hi­bi­tion.

The Stitch­bird fab­ric artists are Liz Wil­son, Pauline Shilton, Jo Ann In­gram and Linda Inglis who are bring­ing a se­lec­tion of works in fab­ric, mixed me­dia, stitch, me­tal and sculp­ture. Ex-lo­cal sculp­ture artist Vivian Keenan joins them at the Peo­ple’s Gallery, His­toric Vil­lage.

Stitch­birds ex­plores tex­tiles through many art medi­ums, in­clud­ing en­caus­tic wax, lace, in­digo dye­ing, Shi­bori, nat­u­ral dye­ing and ma­chine em­bel­lish­ing. Some works chal­lenge the viewer to con­sider the def­i­ni­tion of a thread, es­pe­cially when the work has been stitched and the thread then re­moved.

Most of the works are in­di­vid­ual pieces but Rib­bon Round Robin is a col­lab­o­ra­tive work­which orig­i­nated from a piece of large flo­ral rib­bon. Once quar­tered, each Stitch­bird added their own handy­work.

Liz has sev­eral pieces in dif­fer­entmedi­ums in­clud­ing Ja­panese Shi­bori and Boro. Some works have been in­spired by Liz’s reg­u­lar walks along The Mount base track and a spe­cial in­ter­est in ge­o­log­i­cal strata has in­flu­enced her works.

Pauline’s work fo­cuses on The Mount us­ing lay­ers of en­caus­tic wax, dyed fab­rics and stitch. An­other work de­picts the seashore and The Port.

Jo Ann ex­plored the har­bour through ma­chine em­bel­lish­ment and hand stitch. Chang­ing views from her home have been a ma­jor in­spi­ra­tion.

Linda worked a small se­ries on tra­di­tional linen, from pho­to­graphs she took at Me­mo­rial Park. One uses a strip from a plas­tic bag as thread, a poignant con­tem­pla­tion of what

is around us. Vivian, who lives on Great Bar­rier Is­land, has been weav­ing and stitch­ing with me­tal as an ex­ten­sion and evo­lu­tion of her bas­ket weav­ing prac­tice.

Jo Ann In­gram and Liz Wil­son are two of five Stitch­birds hold­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion.

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