a stitch in time...

16 - 27 March 2022

Referencing a need to restore our relationship with nature, a stitch in time…consists of three series. Flourish, Happy memories, and My happiness celebrate the preciousness of our connections with nature.

All relationships begin with getting to know each other.

In these series, silhouette shapes of Banksia integrifolia and various birds create easily recognizable images referencing profile shadow portraits of the 18th and 19th centuries which were popular in Europe before photography. Stitching throughout the works refers to spending time with and caring for our environment.

Nurturing and rejuvenation

Happy memories and My happiness speak about nurturing and rejuvenation.

I had old timber frames with a limewash coating that I wanted to reuse so I lovingly sanded and waxed the timber, bringing out its natural beauty. The two series of four works for these frames derive from one larger work that had been damaged resulting in holes in the work.

After a period, I realised all was not lost, there was still hope if I was prepared to change my perception, engage with the works, and breathe new life into them.

Happy memories series

In the series Happy memories, ghost-like bird silhouettes appear amongst the rhythms of nature and skeleton leaves.

In the process of creating transparency in the silhouette shapes, I gently rubbed my finger over the thin Kozo paper gradually removing its layers, an apt metaphor for our disappearing wildlife.

Over the years birds visiting our yard have brought me much joy with their songs being the soundtrack to our lives. I can’t imagine my life without them, they create my happy memories.

My happiness series

My happiness series emphasises our connection to all things seen and unseen.

I would often walk to the local duck-pond, and it would make my day to see all the various wildlife, especially the little fairy wrens. Near where the wrens darted in and out of the hedges they called home, prolonged construction in the park frightened them away. I live in hope for their return, bringing with them my happiness.

Flourish series

Flourish consists of four panels celebrating one of my favourite plants, Banksia integrifolia commonly known as coast banksia.

As it matures the leaf shape changes from having a tooth edge as a juvenile leaf to having smooth edges as an adult leaf. A variety of changes are also evident in the cycle of the flower along with the iconic seed pods. Banksias have existed for more than 40 million years, and to me are a reminder of the need to make changes to adapt and flourish.