stitching by the fire exhibition - 1 july to 3 august
This exhibition combines a photographic narrative of winter landscapes and quiet companionship with textile works that feature the many styles and possibilities of the gentle art of slow stitching.
When artists come together there is an instant recognition and passion for learning new skills and sharing ideas. A camaraderie. Not all of us came from the world of textile art so it’s been an adventure. Starting with the bus ride to Tullah, and a love of open spaces, poetry and stories. And silence. Quiet concentration.
This is a pictorial narrative of that journey. Initially we met in summer where we stitched by the sea, often in blues and gold, but as the weather chilled and the nights became cold, we decided that stitching by a big open fire was called for, snow if possible, good food and wine and a comfortable bed to sleep in at night.
Inspiration was drawn from the unique and tranquil winter landscape of Tullah as well as the decorative practicality of Boro stitching and Sashiko. Sometimes inspiration came from small things….thehidden blue spider, photographed by Margaret Hannay, a fragment, perhaps a metaphor.
Found objects, driftwood, pebbles, glass. Inventiveness with textiles on hand, borrowed, shared, reused. Dyed cloth, embroidery, bits of threads and wire….all incorporated into a meditation of place and memory.
The exhibition features work by Tasmanian artists Joanne Wild, Annie Thurlow, Gina Fynearts, Cheryl Sims and Edwina Powell and includes the shared ideas and influences of fibre artist Jen Eddington and transformative textile artist Anna Phillips who have incorporated the concept of slow stitching by the fire into their works.
This fourth showing, at Gone Rustic St Marys indicates the success of this very different travellingexhibition. Enjoy.