Photorealism in Thread
We are so varied in our ways of understanding. It is our interpretation
that makes us creatively unique. Once a situation becomes a photograph,
the real story has already shifted. When transferring it to textile,
it changes again. Threads and colour are to a textile artist
as words are to a writer and light is to a photographer.
This exhibition explores the imagination and creativity of eight
highly-acclaimed Textile Artists. Each was given a Reece Scannell
photographic image on linen. There were no words, and the images
were ambiguous. Their task was to create their own story through
preferred mediums and textile applications. Each has chosen different
techniques to tell their tale. Each of these works says as much
about the art as it does about the artist.
As a photographer, I have worked on some amazing projects. I have
been widely published and exhibited with many prestigious organizations.
This has been one of the most fascinating and rewarding collections
I have worked on to date.
I have worked with textiles over a number of decades, experimenting
with different materials and techniques. My textile pieces
now incorporate mainly linen and cotton fabrics with piecing,
applique and stitching as the preferred techniques. The use
of colour is a very important aspect of my work. My most recent
work uses Reece Scannell’s screen-printed photographic textiles.
These have lead me to use more thread painting and embroidery
I was born in Bendigo, Victoria in 1948, grew up in New Guinea,
went to boarding school in Australia and have been traveling
ever since. My husband is a diplomat. I realised that maintaining
a career as a research technician in electron microscopy was
not going to be easy while living for long periods on posting
in other less developed countries so I went back to University
as a very-mature-age student, and finished a degree in Visual
Arts in 1997. I made a quilt as light relief when I finished
the degree – and never really went back to painting.
I was born in the Netherlands but have lived most of my life
in Australia and small parts of my life in France.
My quilts are a product of a lifelong engagement with textiles,
the mobility of the stitch, the interaction of colour created
by dyeing and printing, and the creation of stories
I was born in New Zealand about the time that most Kiwi girls
were born with a pair of knitting needles in their hands. My
claim to fame is the pale green 3x3 cable jersey I knitted
after lights out at boarding school (and not a slipped stitch
in sight). My grandmother and mother were avid knitters and
crotcheters and I guess that has rubbed off
Designer Teacher Artis
Julies challenge was to incorporate some of Australian Photographer
Reece Scannell’s fabric into a contemporary and personalised
art work. Having chosen panels from the ‘naked men ‘series,
she became engrossed in the origins and context of the photographs.
Julie had chosen Michelangelo Buonarroti’s 16th century sculpture
of ‘The Dying Slave’.
The popularity of such sculptures and the vast amount of imagery
and written conjecture about the artist and his work/faith/life
was somewhat distracting, so Julie did what many undergraduates
do in the Louvre Paris where they were photographed and began
large pencil sketches of the Dying slave. These became elements
of her final composition, as painted and stitched figures
Sue de Vanny
Mixed Media Artist
Art in one form or another has always been a part of my life.
In the past 12 years I have been passionate about both painting
A solo exhibition in 2011 successfully saw the interest in my
Textiles grow with several pieces selling alongside my paintings.
The dynamic world of Textile Art has blossomed and made the transition
of fine art to the marvellous principles of painting and fabric
combined that can produce amazing results
Kay D Haerland
Kay grew up in New Zealand, began quilting in the USA in and
lived in many countries before moving to Australia in 2002.
Pictorial quilts is her main body of work, - she ﬁnds so much
to create just by looking at the world around her. Her quilts
are often intricately realistic, and typically require a lot
of research. She also ﬁnds that the perception and acceptance
of form and colour is strengthened with a foundation in reality,
even for her contemporary work.
Kay has enjoyed exhibiting her quilts since the very beginning,
and has received over a hundred awards and prizes from exhibitions
and quilt shows in some 10 major countries worldwide
Saffron Craig is an painter and textile artist working with ink
on linen fabric. Craigs' work investigates the delicate patterns
of life, from bubbles floating in the water, to salt drying
on skin after an ocean swim to the imagined fantasy world of
Mermaids including the beauty of the natural world around us.
Most often her works are born from an exploration of colour,
observing the pigment as it becomes free on the surface, shifting
and changing uncontrolledly to become something beautiful