Fabric, Fibre and Thread

This is a very successful exhibition by Annette Brauneis, Julie Hudson, Jan Lowe and Lee Robson currently at the Long Gallery, Montsalvat in Eltham. I nearly forgot to go but fortunately my friend Jenni posted about her visit last week. The exhibition continues until 20 August.

The description in the August issue of the Montsalvat Program says it all;

Four textile artists bring together a myriad of techniques and styles to explore contemporary multi layered fibre-based artworks. 
Drawing on nature and abstract images in various forms, the works stimulate curiosity in the use of ordinary materials to create extraordinary works in felting, stitching, dyeing, thread, rusting, printing and manipulating fabric. 

The Long Gallery is the perfect space for displaying these small pieces and three dimensional objects. The only drawback was when the sun came out, the light from the windows reflected in the glass of the framed works making them difficult to view.

Lee Robson’s If the Wind Changes You’ll Stay Like That and The Persistence of Memory are two ethereal pieces made from repurposed garments and silk organza with machine stitching.

Landscape works by Jan Lowe demonstrate her training as a watercolorist, now using fibre instead of paint. Memory on the Road to Yea ii is one of many familiar views of the Yarra Valley beautifully captured. It is crafted using hand-dyed tissue silk, hand dyed wool prefelts, overdyed sari silks, distressed and painted mulberry bark. Dry felted. Hand and machine stitched. I have shown only a detail of this exquisite 13 x 23 cm work because reflections made  photography difficult. The detail of View from Mt Arapiles is from the Montsalvat program.

It was lovely to come out into that pesky sunshine and see a clump of snowdrops. The real thing, not nasty onion weed often mistaken for these beautiful bulbs.

As I was in the area I finally got to visit The Quilt Shop, not so new anymore. A few fabrics from the bargain table found their way home with me.


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