A STITCH IN MIND
SACHA Barker comes from a creative family, so it was inevitable she would have her own love affair with art.
However, the emerging artist’s dedication to painting changed course towards the end of her Bachelor of Design (Fine Arts) studies at UWA.
She discovered a connection with textiles and was selected to exhibit at this year’s Hatched National Graduate Show at PICA.
“In terms of art, this was my first textile piece and I’ve never considered myself as a textile artist,” Barker said.
“I’ve sewn for necessity to mend things and in my family we’ve done little cross-stitches for gifts.”
Mindfield: The Sewing Seeds features seemingly floating fabric, hanging by black thread, with personal, disjointed narrative hand-stitched on it.
“It just started as small pages with the idea that when you write something down, there’s an emotional release and when you sew something out it’s even more because it takes so much longer to write it,” Barker said.
“Some pieces took maybe five hours and others took a week of five hours a day.
“The biggest challenge was my own perfectionism. That was also a good thing about it, because I was determined to make fabric hang taut like paper which is almost impossible.
“Many people told me it couldn’t be done.”
Sacha Barker with Mindfield The Sewing Seeds.