‘Passion for working with textiles, threads’ on show


Not all artworks are cut from the same cloth.

A group of textile artists is proving just that in the latest Sundance Collective exhibition on display at the Cardrona Distillery.

The exhibition features creations ranging from quilt wall hangings to 15th century-style artworks, which are painted and then stitched.

Wanaka artist Lesley Rawlings said the exhibition featured about 15 works from nine artists, some from as far afield as Auckland and Hamilton.

“We share a passion for working with textiles and threads.”

The group’s love of art was managed around their various other commitments, including work and, in some cases, their role as a grandparent.

Despite their busy schedules, many had managed to exhibit their works around New Zealand and overseas.

Some had more formal training than others, but they all had their own personal style, whether it be in the creation of domestic quilts for a bed or artistic statements to hang on a wall, Ms Rawlings said.

“In these works you will see examples of machine and hand-sewing, knitting, use of commercial fabrics and home-dyed fabrics and threads, explorations into colour and texture, abstract and realistic design.

“We are all different, but that’s great.”

She said many of the artists started out working in traditional patterns and commercial calicos decades ago.

They had since adopted a more “contemporary” approach, but still had “many references back to where we began”.

Ms Rawlings, a hand-stitcher, grew up in a family of sewers so developed an appreciation for textiles at an early age.

“My mum was a sewer and so was my grandmother. I did a lot of art work as well sketches.”

She eventually turned her focus to artworks rather than clothes and now hand-dyes fabrics and hand-stitches all her creations, something she had enjoyed for the past 30 years.

The Sundance Collective Exhibition will remain on display throughout December.



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