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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Home Invasion! on: April 04, 2011 04:59:15 AM
Fantastic work!

I second snakes! We don't have snakes here in NZ at all, apart from in zoos, and they're one of the things that worry me when visiting Australia.

I actually embroidered a brown snake as part of this series - took me forever! I will add that the whole 18 months I lived there I only saw 1 snake, and it was a non-poisonous green tree snake!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Home Invasion! on: March 25, 2011 04:28:53 AM
wow thankyou everyone - it's great to know that the work is illiciting the kind of reactions I hoped for. I have just applied for a solo show of them, so wish me luck. Thanks also for all the sugggestions - there are some great ideas there|! I'll keep posting as I keep working.

As for the using old linens - they are all 'found', as in they have been disregarded by their original owners and have ended up at charity shops. I'm giving them new life. Interestingly, and along the same vein as some of the posts here; my boyfriend's mum went to a funeral of a woman who was a great stitcher. They were asked to help themselves to an item of hers as a memory, and Megan has now commissioned me to 'collaborate' with this woman's awesome stitched linen. Apparentley she was passionate about learning and how others used embroidery in their own lives. I'm pretty excited about it. The original piece is awesome, really cool colours. Watch this space.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Raven with bloody heart needlework on: March 23, 2011 10:24:44 AM
This is awesome! If you would like some constructive criticism, I would say the way you have used the stitches to create a feathery effect is fantastic, but it would look even better if you did it some more, and really built up the texture, like in the heart (which ps. is GREAT!) I think you have real style and creativity (and I teach embroidery for a living, so I get to see a lot of it).
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Home Invasion! on: March 23, 2011 10:19:48 AM
I thought I would share some images from a series of work I created for my first solo exhibition, which was held in August last year @ The Orange Regional Gallery, NSW, Australia. The exhibition was a culmination of a year long residency at a school there.

This series explores my own fears at finding myself sharing my new house with all manner of creepy crawlies; most of which I was convinced were going to kill me. This got me thinking about the way the first British settlers must have felt - shipped off against their will to a strange and what must have seemed hostile country. I chose to use found linens collected from charity (or op shops, as they are known in Oz); as a way of creating easily identifiable artworks which draw the viewer in. These sort of textiles have a social 'memory', and as such they evoke certain thoughts and feelings in people. For my purposes these textiles acted as a metaphor for the traditional and domestic. I then chose to juxtapose the existing floral and 'cutesy' imagery with stitches of insects of various levels of toxicity. It was my hope to begin to tackle the well know but often irrational fear we have of insects through humour.

These works will be featured in the new HOOPLA (Art of unexpected embroidery) book which will be out in Autumn  - where they have taken the form of a project anyone can do themselves. I am also in the process of finding a gallery to exhibit them on their own; rather than as part of a larger show (as they were in Australia).

Anyway enough guff, here are some pictures!

I would be interested in hearing your thoughts, and also any ideas for expansion of ideas. What things are you scared of invading your home?

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Embroidery Hoopla R4, Diptych Round - Gallery (SendOut 3/21/11) on: March 23, 2011 10:03:54 AM
Wowee - those star wars/ day of the dead hoops are INSPIRED! And awesome stitching too. So without further ado, my swap arrived from the lovely Javede:

The idea is very clever (apparently it inspired a visit to the library for the first time in years - and as a teacher, I can only applaud that!) Javede claims she is new to embroidery, and if that is so then she has a fine future ahead of her, the stitches are very neat.
Here's a little close up of my favourite of the two:
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: needlepunch journal cover on: March 22, 2011 09:56:20 AM
great stuff! I bought a needle punch needle but so far have had NO luck with getting it to work. Do you have any tips? I'd be very grateful!
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla R4 - Diptych Round!! (SU CLOSED, SO 3/21/11) on: March 21, 2011 11:11:52 AM
Just to let everyone know that my parcel was sent today (bang on the deadline!)
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla R4 - Diptych Round!! (SU CLOSED, SO 3/21/11) on: March 06, 2011 10:36:23 AM
Just posting to update the organisers that work is in progress, really enjoying getting stitching again! whoop whoop
9  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Embroidery Hoopla R4 - Diptych Round!! (SU CLOSED, SO 3/21/11) on: February 22, 2011 08:19:10 AM
I'm really excited about this - got my idea ready to sew! I need something to catapult me headlong back into creativity so here goes!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 'Cult Hoodie' on: August 19, 2010 08:02:34 PM
Great stuff, I LOVE that purple fabric - where is it from?
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