Calm in the Chaos

Ironically, this is the title of an artwork I made, in a less chaotic time, for the inaugural Australian Textile Art Award. The exhibition opened last Friday, then the gallery immediately closed for an indefinite time due to the Corona Virus.

Last October, in what seems like another life, we spent a wonderful week at Lake Garda, Italy. We walked along the lake edge, caught ferries to lake side villages, ended the days with an Aperol Spritz and a delicious dinner.

My plan was to make work inspired by this beautiful lake, focusing on the enjoyment of life.

Artist Statement 

Big skies and large bodies of water calm me, I take a deep breath and sigh, all is right with the world. This work began after a lakeside holiday with a goal to reflect and inspire this simple joy in life. However, back home life got in the way, with responsibilities, interruptions, and the negative influences of social media and the news. Working through the many iterations of this piece has helped me accept that the chaos will continue, and that we need to look for the glimpses of calm amongst it.

Materials and Techniques

Materials – silk organza, silk dupion, recycled business ties, woolen blanket, polyester machine thread, embroidery thread. Techniques – Fabrics were printed and hand dyed, then layered together and machine stitched throughout. Some layers have been cut away. Colonial knots were then stitched throughout. Individual circles have been assembled with hand stitching.

6 thoughts on “Calm in the Chaos

  1. Lovely post. Calm work for turbulent times. Lovely seeing you slowly move your unique technique onwards in myriad ways.

  2. Interesting how artists often have a connection to future events. A prefiguring of what we need now, calmness and appreciation of the beautiful natural world. I really like the work, well done.

  3. Your work reminds me that blue is a calming colour. All the outfits I took to the UK were blue. All the clothes I have been making are blue, oh, except for one firey red bit of knitting. Thanks for sharing your photos. I’m going to use your post as a jumping off point to think about, study and research “blue “ starting tomorrow.

    • For me, it’s the blues in combination with the big skies and water. I’m glad to have provided inspiration for you 🙂

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