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1  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?

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old Men's work shirts into sexy dresses!! on: December 03, 2009 03:36:09 AM
Made using this really cool tutorial.
Its pretty late so I'm not one for words at the moment, so plenty of pics. Comments welcomed!!  Smiley

This one was my first attempt -also my first proper button holes with the machine!! It is from a large denim shirt with a centre pleat at the back.

Second attempt, with a little alteration to make it into a mini.
3  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Guerilla Shoesies! on: April 02, 2008 11:38:39 AM
I am doing a big trade show this weekend, and wanted to make some things to wear to advertise and 'brand' my business, so I made these! I am so happy with them, it is now very hard to not glue gun my work to everything!!

I even made hair bobbles and hairclips to match as well, but I must post them elsewhere than here.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Guerilla Embroidered Jacket on: April 02, 2008 11:32:30 AM
I customised this Jacket to advertise my business. I think it is the bee's knees, I am so chuffed with it. I hope you like it too:

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Make Love Not War - handbags on: March 29, 2008 01:13:47 PM
I am so happy with these, I hope you like them:

I also made this custom order with furry leapardskin!

And here is a piece of art currently exhibited in Tel Aviv,Israel, and is the inspiration for my bags:

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Guerilla Purses! on: February 24, 2008 07:52:41 AM
I have been working on a new line of purses. I used a gocco to print the gun and helicopters, and then embellished using fabric paint,pen and felt. There is also some sequins and beads in there too. They are all lined with camo fabric. This work has come from one of my fascinations with juxtapositions. I hope you like!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Big Blue Leather bag with Turquoise Flower applique on: January 16, 2008 01:06:06 PM
Been very busy busy with my business, but made this to carry all my school books. Very simple design (can't take credit for it). Does the job!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Embroidered Bird Bags on: October 31, 2007 12:08:27 PM
Just what it says on the tin!

feedback appreciated!! XX
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / More Bird Purses! on: October 23, 2007 01:01:46 PM
I've been working on more bird purses - I hope you like!

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / More embroidered bird purses on: September 18, 2007 12:04:29 PM
Just a few of the embroidery products I have been working on recently.

Let me know what you think! xx
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