Fabric artists for Stitchbird
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.