Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Meet The New Quilt Artist: Bronwyn Hill

Name of Artwork: Lyre Lyre

Bronwyn Hill has been quilting for more than 30 years, the past 15 years focussing on art quilts and experimentation in this field.

Having a background in dress making/clothes design the artist uses many varied and non-traditional quilting fabrics to create desired texture and colour. Bronwyn uses chiffon, netting, silk, linen, velvet and even glitter fabric to create her whimsical creations.

Working with raw edge applique, free motion thread painting and textile pencils the artist has the freedom to create what is in her mind into unique pieces of textile art.

Bronwyn draws inspiration from just about anywhere, nature, life experiences, travel and her imagination.




Bronwyn Hill online: Instagram 


The New Quilt, on exhibition at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor, NSW from 5 February – 11 April 2021. 

Gallery hours: Open 6 days a week Monday, Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm Saturday-Sunday 10am-3pm. Closed on Tuesday and public holidays.

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Meet The New Quilt Artist: Neroli Henderson


Name of Artwork: Whitewash 2020

Neroli Henderson is an internationally award-winning artist based in St Kilda, Victoria. Her works often form pointed social and/or political commentary and this has gained her a reputation as an "artivist". A former graphic designer Neroli uses a range of media and techniques in her art, including photography, digital printing, collage, painting/drawing and other surface manipulation, almost always incorporating stitch as an integral component for both texture and line. Her Whitewash series explore the illusion of serenity when the reality is anything but, and like many of her works explores a lack of control in the world around us.

This piece was created during the hard lock down in Melbourne, when residents could only leave their home for up to an hour a day for exercise or for essential food or medical treatment. Yet while this harsh mandate was in place with up to 750 cases a day of Covid-19 being reported, a glance out the window revealed a city quiet and still, seemingly at peace.




Neroli Henderson online: Facebook  Instagram


The New Quilt, on exhibition at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor, NSW from 5 February – 11 April 2021. 

Gallery hours: Open 6 days a week Monday, Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm Saturday-Sunday 10am-3pm. Closed on Tuesday and public holidays.

Monday, 18 January 2021

Meet The New Quilt Artist: Lynne Hargreaves

 


Name of Artworks: Topography #1 TailingsTopography#3 Sunrise

Born in the UK Lynne worked as a graphic designer moving into design training in 1978. Twenty years in vocational and tertiary education followed. Joining the cultural sector and arts management in 1998, she retired to Tasmania in 2017 from the position of Director of Exhibitions & Collections at the Art Gallery of WA. She has worked in partnership with institutions such as the Louvre, Tate, V&A, St Petersburg State Theatre and most recently the MoMA, NY to present renowned artworks in Perth. Entering a new chapter of her career she now has a focus on her own textile practice.

Art quilting draws upon her design background and she is excitedly discovering the wonders of thread and fabric. Like many she is often inspired by the patterns and micro landscapes found in nature, in the hedgerows, on tree barks, lichens and amongst the frosty leaf litter of autumn. There is also an autobiographical side to her work. The ‘lass from Leeds’ is usually not far away in the dry Yorkshire humour and commentary on her own life experiences. She is currently embarking on her personal nod at the ‘Bayeux Tapestry’ a 15 m embroidery based on behind the scenes life at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Her recent focus is working with the linear qualities of the landscape and the macro aerial viewpoint. Not direct depictions they capture and impressions and memories as abstracted elements reimagined with fabric and stitch. The work displayed features experiments with hand dyed fabric over worked with double needle, free motion machine stitching and hand work. Areas are highlighted and worked with appliqued fabrics, trapunto, couched thread and chenille slashing.



The New Quilt, on exhibition at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor, NSW from 5 February – 11 April 2021. 

Gallery hours: Open 6 days a week Monday, Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm Saturday-Sunday 10am-3pm. Closed on Tuesday and public holidays.

Sunday, 17 January 2021

Meet The New Quilt Artist: Julie Haddrick


Name of Artwork: Blue Specimen

Julie Haddrick’s art tells the stories, expresses her feelings and it is the driving force in her life. Art comes from a deeper place inside her and central to this is expression that is grounded in naturalism. With a love of fabric and stitch, Julie’s arts practice is underpinned by the Fine Arts; of drawing painting and printmaking and the disciplines of Design and the Crafts of textiles have shaped the ways she uses stitch, threads, colours and cloth. They are disciplined, sparse, refined and without elaboration.

Julie embraces the Japanese aesthetic of “Wabi Sabi’” that values transience, imperfection and the impermanent. She finds greatness in the overlooked details; the grace of ageing, imperfection and of beauty in decline. Julies’ Wabi Sabi is outdoors in quiet, insignificant and inwardly oriented places and her treasure is in the discarded; a feather, a stick, a shard of china. She hand dyes, prints and paints fabrics, often combining/ layering them with vintage cloth or recycled Japanese silk fabric. Studying indigo dyeing techniques in Japan under Bryan Whitehead’s tuition has greatly influenced the fabrics Julie works with and is this is pertinent to her current quilt ‘Blue Specimen’. 

Her stitching is measured, decorative and purposeful and her thread rich textiles are complex and quite unique, with layers of meaning concealed in her beautiful machine quilting. Julie believes that her Art is about making space – both physical and mental – for listening, searching, and expressing one’s unique position in the world. Art cultivates the ability to imagine a future and so transcends the present moment. Julie Haddrick’s art is inherently hopeful


Julie Haddrick online: Webpage  Facebook 


The New Quilt, on exhibition at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor, NSW from 5 February – 11 April 2021. 

Gallery hours: Open 6 days a week Monday, Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm Saturday-Sunday 10am-3pm. Closed on Tuesday and public holidays.

 

Saturday, 16 January 2021

Meet The New Quilt Artist: Helen Gray

Name of Artwork: Mollymook Summer

The south coast of N.S.W is where Helen spends much of the year. She is an ocean swimmer and delights in the ever changing environment. 2020's bushfires left blackened leaves tumbling in the breaking waves and washed up on the shore, inspiring her to create work referencing this unusual time. Hand stitching in isolation became an enjoyable daily ritual.




The New Quilt, on exhibition at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor, NSW from 5 February – 11 April 2021. 

Gallery hours: Open 6 days a week Monday, Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm Saturday-Sunday 10am-3pm. Closed on Tuesday and public holidays.

Friday, 15 January 2021

Meet The New Quilt Artist: Barbara Gower

 


Name of Artwork: Black Summer

Barbara has sewn for as long as she can remember, joining the women in her extended family as dressmakers, embroiderers and quilters. Her first English piecing in 1975 was taught by her mother. One aunt, a professional dressmaker, allowed her as a child to play in her scraps from bridal and evening gowns. So began her love of silks.

Barbara attended the first Sydney Quilt show and joined the guild soon after, which gave her the opportunity to attend many workshops and develop new skills. She has exhibited in most exhibitions since 1991.

Completing the TAFE Commercial Needlework Course in 1995, joining the Southern Highlands Textile Fibre Network and then the Macarthur Textile Network encouraged her to become more creative.

Barbara became interested in quilts for public places when involved in the construction of the Cowpastures Heritage Quilt for Camden Council in 1995. Since then she has been involved in many community projects including the mammoth task of creating the Carrington Quilts with five others, for a new facility at Carrington Care, Camden.

Barbara used her skills as a trained school teacher to teach patchwork, quilting, embroidery and textile art for groups, shops, evening colleges and privately for many years.

Her interest in Japanese textiles began as a teenager when her father gave her mother a kimono from Japan. This has developed over the years into a collection of vintage kimono textiles, particularly Meisen silks which she is using to extend their life. Often this means mending in the Boro style. She happily mixes machine and hand techniques and incorporates papers in many works. Barbara also creates work using the Korean Bojagi technique.

Inspiration for work comes from her natural surroundings, particularly trees and seasonal changes in her large country garden. Often the fabrics themselves inspire ideas.




The New Quilt, on exhibition at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor, NSW from 5 February – 11 April 2021. 

Gallery hours: Open 6 days a week Monday, Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm Saturday-Sunday 10am-3pm. Closed on Tuesday and public holidays.

 

Thursday, 14 January 2021

Meet The New Quilt Artist: Margery Goodall

Name of Artwork: Beating the Blues

Margery Goodall works with stitched textiles and mixed media. She is inspired by the natural world and her urban environment. In 2020, she worked exclusively with found materials and waste.

Her work is held in private collections in Australia and overseas, and in the collection of the International Quilt Museum in USA. 

Most recently, her work was exhibited in Hanging by a Thread at the Holmes a Court gallery @ No10 and she was a finalist in the York Botanic Art Prize 2020 which selected work by artists in all Australian states.

She has convened juried textile exhibitions, open to both Australian and international artists in Tasmania, Victoria, and the ACT, while in WA she was convenor of the stitched and bound 2003 exhibition at Fremantle Art Centre. In 2020, she was joint-curator for selecting artworks for the Marjorie Coleman-Lyrical Stitch solo retrospective exhibition that exhibited at the Holmes a Court gallery @ No10 from 17 October to 28 November 2020.



The New Quilt, on exhibition at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor, NSW from 5 February – 11 April 2021. 

Gallery hours: Open 6 days a week Monday, Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm Saturday-Sunday 10am-3pm. Closed on Tuesday and public holidays.