Shifting Landscapes

Featuring works by: Anni Hunt; Kaija Rautiainen; Michelle Sirois-Silver; Catherine Nicholls

The Shifting Landscapes exhibition runs from August 22 – October 25 2020 at Fibreworks Gallery on the Sunshine Coast Highway

The exhibition features four internationally known, award winning artists who work in a wide variety of media and styles. Inspired by nature and their West Coast surroundings they have created works which pay homage to textile traditions while each establishing their own unique, contemporary style.

“Art is art, nature is nature, you cannot improve upon it.” Emily Carr

Society for Embroidered Work

This is a very long list of embroiderers from around the world – in case you sometimes want to look around online at what other people you haven‘t heard of are doing.
To see the Society’s Member List: click

Courtesy of Catherine R.

Results of Anni’s Workshops

I have been doing lots of online learning which I think suits me just fine. I get to pause when I want to slow down and take more notes and go at my own pace – something I can’t do when I’m in the heat of the workshop. I repeated two workshops with people I had previously done ‘live’ workshops with, and got far more out of it this time and PDF notes in the process! I’m scared to admit to you all how many I have registered for but here are a few and next month I will send a few more. That way it doesn’t seem as bad.

1. The Pale Rook (https://thepalerook.com/blog-2/) A six week course on making artful dolls. Works still in progress.

2. Sophie Munns – A four week intro course on “Homage to the Seed” (https://sophiemunns.weebly.com/). It was challenging since we are in Springtime and most of the participants were in Australia in their Fall, but I did manage to find seeds. I chose the lowly Thistle in the end, doing most of my research online. Templates/Stamps/Rubbings. Again slow works in progress.

3. I have been making Salmon Skin Leather with Earthand Gleaners. It is a lot of work just to make one skin! But my collection is growing slowly. I want to make a large canvas with the skins sewn together and then to use it as a base to stitch a piece about Haida Gwaii. And here are some trials for the real thing:

4. And finally with my eco-printing and felt making with Nicola Brown from Ireland I have been turning some of the pieces into items. The first is to be a bag. And I am not too sure what to do with the other two pieces. They are both 14” x 10”

RSN ‘Postcard from Home’ Challenge

In response to the following challenge, samples of work by our members:

 

Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace, England launched a postcard from home idea to be done by anyone. It is open to everyone from around the world, and will make us feel connected through the precious RSN bond and our universal love of hand embroidery!  And, while we know the RSN is recognised for technical excellence, this project is not about that, but rather about everyone sharing in the project regardless of your technical level of stitch.

‘Home Sweet Home’
The RSN encourages us to create a piece of hand embroidered art in the form of a ‘Postcard’, to mark this globally impactful event.  They want the ‘RSN Postcard from Home’ project to go viral worldwide, so please share with everyone you know, and let’s get trending and keep connected with the hashtag #rsnpostcardfromhome.

The best part of the project is that everyone can take part, whether you are an experienced hand embroiderer or have never picked up a needle and thread in your life. It is the perfect project to get your creativity flowing and to allow your mind to focus whilst stitching a piece of historical art.

Many of us are now based at home where we have had time to reflect on what is the true meaning of ‘home’ and the energy it gives us, and we will have happy memories of fun and crazy times with family and friends at home.

Ideas to get started: Click
Courtesy Jill Taylor

Textile Artist weekly challenge

From the Textile Artist Weekly Newsletter:
In the face of social distancing and self-isolation, it’s a sad fact that spending time in-person with others who share your passion for textiles has become an impossibility.
Maybe you’ve been looking forward to a stitch workshop that’s been cancelled? Or perhaps your local embroidery group is no longer able to meet?
And we know how disappointing that can be.

And without regular connections with your stitch sisters, it can be easy to become demotivated and lose your creative spark.
But we’ve been truly inspired by many stitchers like you and your determination to stay positive.

And that’s why we’re teaming up with some amazing embroidery artists to bring you the TextileArtist.org community stitch challenge. Every Monday for the next five weeks a different textile artist will deliver a burst of inspiration especially for you in the form of a short video workshop and a hand stitch challenge that you can do at home over the following few days.

Stay-in-and-stitch from the EGA

Remember the EGA offers some options for our temporarily quiet times.

If you are not used to spending all your time at home, you may be starting to get antsy or a little restless. But aren’t we lucky to pursue an art that we get to work on from the comfort of our home? Not only that, but it can do wonders for our stress and ease our restless minds.

EGA wants to provide you with some things to keep your hands and mind busy during this time. This is a good time to focus on a new project, try a new technique or even enroll in an online class where you can join others from around the world as you learn something new. Learn more

 

President’s Challenge 2020

We have now been advised that our facility remains closed until at least May 3. I think it may be for quite a bit longer than that, so given that your spring cleaning is probably all but completed and that you have finished your WISP challenge and are almost done with the December ‘Flight’ challenge, I’ve decided to throw out another challenge. I am finally working on embellishing the denim jacket I bought last year so I am challenging you all to embellish something – an accessory or piece of clothing: a handkerchief, sun hat, vest, jacket, jewellery or whatever. When things get back to normal, we can have wonderful Show and Tell sessions! Jill’s work-in-progress:

 

 

 

 

We will do an ongoing Show-and-Tell here – so send photos of your President’s Challenge pieces to Babs who will post them.

Jean’ Bracelet
Babs’ pocket
JoAnn’s coat & bag
Bag Front by Cheryl M
Bag Reverse by Cheryl M
Mask by Helen McC