today a dragon was born. He will take flight at Balmain on 15th August.
The weaving of cloth strips is a useful technique to make a new, more robust cloth. The close ‘suture’ stitches give a uniform surface. Any imperfections, wear marks and stains are rendered irrelevant. The strips are wool and silk, dyed in various eucalypt baths. It could almost be a rag rescued from the farm workshop.
The crocheted edge of a beautifully shaped tray cover is used and embellished heavily. Flannel flowers are featured. In the wild they are such delicately beautiful stars amongst the dust, the flies and the general dry ‘spikeyness’ of the Australian flora.
|This one started as a stained white cotton hand towel. It was dyed in a eucalyptus bath and had various Liberty prints collaged on to it. It was sliced into strips from top to bottom, and other strips of dyed wool and silks were woven in to create a new cloth surface. A ‘suture’ stitch is used extensively to hold it all together. The couching and embroidery on the top was inspired by a scrap of lace. It shows both masculine and feminine elements in equal parts.
The contrast between the precise ‘best’ of the ‘parlour’ (as inherited from my British ancestors) and the insidious nature of the Australian bush – the stain readily made by the gum leaves, the dust, the flies and the general dry ‘spikeyness’ of the flora fascinates me.
|I began looking at ‘domestic cloths’ – embroidered tray covers, table runners and special hand towels – when I was clearing out my mothers’ house. They were made to celebrate a ‘best’ event. They are a tribute to ‘femininity’ – both in the process of their creation, and in the appreciation of the observer.I am liberating these domestic cloths from the back of the bottom drawer, renovating them with creative techniques and elevating them to the wall, to be enjoyed on a daily basis. By working with these items I am ultimately celebrating the femininity in the lives of the original makers.|
|The weaving of cloth strips is a useful technique to make a new, more robust cloth. The close ‘suture’ stitches give a uniform surface. Any imperfections, wear marks and stains are rendered irrelevant. The strips are all silk, dyed in various eucalyptus baths. Other colours are obtained from scraps of coloured silk fabrics, a rusty metal washer and onion skins.A beautiful piece of old lace is inserted, and lots of bullion loops have been added. The structure of this piece makes me think of the ‘home paddock’ fenced off from the wild unruliness of the rest of the farm.Jane Bodnaruk|