A STITCH IN MIND

Stirling Times - - Look Local - Tanya MacNaughton

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.

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