Sue de Vanny

Mixed Media Artist

This Reece Scannell panel was originally part of a fountain in Paris. Looking at it I couldn’t see how I could add to it initially, then taking a photo and looking at it upside down I started to see something else.

Techniques: Fabric Collage, Thread Sketched then Quilted.


Oeil Bleu

Drawing on the photo I came up with this strange form and developed a steampunk type lizard/dragon that has buttons sewn into his neck and gave him a cloak to make him look like he was of some importance.

The hat has been blended to match some of the markings in the original panel. Once the blue eye was stitched on Oiel Bleu was an obvious name for this strange mysterious character.

Artwork: Oeil Bleu
Cording Size: 35cm (w) by 44cm (l) - Year Completed: 2017

About me

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 & textiles.

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.

The completion of a City & Guilds Certificate 2 has given me more confidence to progress and develop further with complex techniques, creating pieces that have perspective in a painterly fashion, with use of values and thread work giving extra texture & dimension.

Since 2013 to current I’ve won several awards both National and International competitions. 2016 saw me at the major quilt shows in Australia touring with Bernina as their ‘Guru’ for the year where they showcased my quilts on their stand as I demonstrated and represented the Bernina Q20 machine.

I’ve been the feature artist and designed a special textile piece for Australian magazine Quilters Companion as well as DVD demonstration feature. In January issue 2018 I was the featured artist in the American Magazine, Machine Quilting Unlimited.

Always looking forward to a challenge I’m the new Coordinator of the textile exhibit ‘One Step Further’.

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