Posts Tagged ‘hand applique’

The Shimmer Effect

Wednesday, November 29th, 2023

SAQA juror Pat Forster selected one of my works,“The Shimmer Effect”, for an online exhibition, Geometric Expressions, which opens on the SAQA website on January 3rd next. I’ll post that link here when it’s available.

I never show a completed work on my blog or website until it’s been exhibited, ie published somewhere, so for now here’s a close detail shot of the surface texture, along with my statement about it: “A square symbolises balance, solidity and stability.  Hand stitching over concentric squares in gentle neutral colours calmed my unease at current disorder and chaos in the world.  Metallic threads in my work signify value or importance, here referencing tradition and hope.

Close detail, “The Shimmer Effect, 2022. Each square is ~6cm.

I posted about it while making this quilt as it was such a long project. It’s about 1m square, with each concentric square unit being 6cm, with a total of 121 squares of fused nylon organza strips oversewn by hand in metallic thread. The fabric itself has a subtle glittery texture.

Art Quilt Australia 2023

Friday, July 28th, 2023

One of my two entries was selected for this important Australian biennial, and I just shipped my work “Green Dimension” out yesterday, assured it will arrive at the National Wool Museum, Geelong, Victoria, early next week. The exhibition opens on Friday11th August, and will close on Sunday 12th November. Green Dimension is hand stitched using processes I really enjoy doing, and as green has always been my favourite colour, it was a pleasure to make.

“Green Dimension” 2023, 107cm x 103cm. Hand stitched.

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