Ev­ery­thing nat­u­ral in­spires fi­bre artist

South Taranaki Star - - STARS PAST - JANE MATTHEWS

Art­work cre­ated and coloured from noth­ing more than na­ture is cur­rently on dis­play at a Haw­era gallery.

‘‘Ev­ery­thing is a nat­u­ral fi­bre, there’s no syn­thetic fi­bres, there’s no syn­thetic colours, it’s all nat­u­ral it’s all from a nat­u­ral source plants - there’s no an­i­mals,’’ fi­bre artist Viv Davy said.

O¯ pu¯ nake-based Davy is ex­hibit­ing her nat­u­ral works at an ex­hi­bi­tion called The State of Play: Ex­ploratory Mak­ings at the Lysaght Watt Gallery in Ha¯ wera.

She has a range of art on dis­play that she pre­pared specif­i­cally for the ex­hi­bi­tion this year.

‘‘This is work that I’ve done based on my en­gage­ment with the South Taranaki en­vi­ron­ment,’’ Davy said. ‘‘So it’s all cen­tred on re­spond­ing to the land­scape and the ocean and the wind and all those things.’’

Davy first got in­volved in fi­bre art be­cause she wanted to weave. Her in­spi­ra­tion for this ex­hi­bi­tion was the district.

‘‘South Taranaki is my in­spi­ra­tion - it’s won­der­ful and wild, al­ways chang­ing and full of en­ergy.

‘‘The light is very spe­cial and the colours are very spe­cial.’’

Davy has used ev­ery­thing from nat­u­rally dried silk, to cot­ton, to thread and more for ma­te­ri­als. Then leaves, fen­nel, roses, cop­per and more to colour the works.

‘‘All the pig­ments in all of the work in this ex­hi­bi­tion have been cre­ated from lo­cal plants,’’ she said.

One of Davy’s new­est ex­per­i­ments is a se­ries of books.

The blank books are cre­ated and stitched to­gether. They’re made from wool, cot­ton, linen and ‘‘ev­ery­thing un­der the sun re­ally,’’ Davy said. ‘‘Each page is dif­fer­ent, each page is a piece of art in its own right.’’

A few of her pieces are in­spired by spring.

‘‘The new growth and the soft colours that hap­pen in spring time so those are all the colours de­rived from flow­ers,’’ she said.

She said th­ese works were quite dif­fer­ent from what she has ex­hib­ited in the past.

Davy will be giv­ing an artists talk on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 14 at 11am and the pub­lic is wel­come to at­tend. She will talk about her in­spi­ra­tions and pro­cesses that she uses to cre­ate her works.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is on dis­play in the gallery on Union Street un­til Oc­to­ber 28. The next ex­hi­bi­tion at the Lysaght Watt Gallery is called Flo­ral Af­fair and on un­til Novem­ber 5. It co­in­cides with the Taranaki Gar­den Fes­ti­val.


Viv Davy’s new­est arty ex­per­i­ment is books.

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