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Collected Patterns: The botany of Walter Hill – Textile Works

February 28, 2011

The final medium featuring in my upcoming exhibition Collected Patterns: The botany of Walter Hill is embroidery…

In this recent post, I talked a little about the letterpress prints that were created at Myrtle Street Studio using a Heidelberg ‘Windmill’ Letterpress – a style of press that was used during Walter Hill’s time. I wanted to use this incredible machinery in the production of some of the works, to add a layered sense of that period of time to the exhibition. Interestingly, these works ultimately defined the highly graphic, precise quality of the rest of the artworks in the show.

The embroidery works evolved through the desire to take the element of highly constructed and repetitive patternmaking further in the designs. These small and intimate ‘textile samplers’ explore machine embroidery, the mechanisation of a process that was undertaken by hand during the 19th century. Machine embroidered on white linen using polyester thread, these linework motifs are graphic and punchy.

3 textile works. Edition of 5.

Exhibition runs: 5-12 March, 2011 at Myrtle Street Studio

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