The Thin Line
cloth.inc - Melanie Hill, Glenys Mann, Deb McArdle & Nonie Sutcliffe
19 October - 6 November 2016
Opening Wednesday 19 October, 6.30-8pm
I stitch, I recycle, I reuse, I repurpose constantly to create textiles with a new life.
I am a contemporary stitcher that works with ‘found’ cloth, namely old wool blankets, fine hand knits(mainly baby clothing and shawls) and silk, all hand stitched.
My work is inspired by emotions of the environment and emotions of everyday life.
During the period of time that I was a “Quilt maker”, I struggled with having to conform with the “strict rules” of quilt-making!! Always constantly being reminded that my seams were never straight and that my points never met perfectly and that I “should” only use the traditional cloth, cotton, to make a quilt, I found, to my huge relief, that there was another way of expressing my emotions!
Working with textiles has been a constant in my life
Watching hands touch the surface of the cloth, consider, stitch, mend, fold, stack, everyday occurrences, the process of making.
The evocative, tactile and intimate nature of the cloth, the memories held within it and the opportunity to thread the needle, knot the thread, pierce the surface and pull the thread through again and again and again and again……
My works features mono printing, symbolic imagery and are often enriched with hidden subtle text.
I aspire to break traditional boundaries usually associated with stitch, paint and collage and try to show a depth of vision and freedom.
Mono prints and digital imagery put side by side create the balance between handmade marks and technology.
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