To give you some idea of the amount of time stitching work onto canvas takes, Rose Coloured Glass #1, (below) took the whole of Downton Abbey Season 4 to stitch to the canvas.No complaints here, most work has repetitive elements and you just have to spend time in the studio and work. If you are fascinated as I am, on how creative people go about their work, James Clear has an interesting article on the The Daily Routines of 12 Famous Writers
Meanwhile there are some fabulous exhibitions in Perth at the moment. Three I have seen recently are:
Stewart Scambler’s exhibition Fragment on until 18 August at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery is wonderful, especially if you have a love of the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of WA.
And if you are in Victoria…
I am delighted to have two works selected for the just opened and running to 19 August Petite Miniature Textiles exhibition at Wangaratta Art Gallery, Victoria. Both works are about 20 x 20cm
Unity made from men’s ties
We only show part of ourselves to the world, and create borders for protection. However, our borders and boundaries are often not clear cut, periodically moving, sometimes blurred. Looking deeper we discover that we have more in common with our neighbours than we have differences. The desire for health, happiness and quality of life is shared by all people. Only when we can embrace our commonalities will we be able to accept our differences
Beyond the Diagnosis: Dare to Dream This work is based around a Karyotype (set) of chromosomes showing 3 pairs of chromosome #21, which was used to prove that my son has Trisomy 21, Down Syndrome. This recreation of the diagnostic tool made from his jeans, his father’s shirts and my t-shirts seeks to show the unique strengths and potential of the person beyond the restrictive diagnosis. He has hopes and dreams, and a passionate love of life. Although his is a more complex path, surely he has just as much right to the opportunity to live a full life.