In Canberra this week my very small exhibition opened here called Quietly Waiting Alone at Chutespace, a small hole in the wall gallery at M16, a contemporary art space. I have been working on these images for quite some time as they are hand embroidered. This style of embroidery has been evolving since my return to the hand made on New Years Eve 2017. Then I began some colourful self-portraits in a wide variety of stitches. I moved on to a few more portrait of others and refined the stitching to what I call a ‘random cross-stitch’. Previous blog posts have featured these works.
I began to reduce the size of the works in response to a miniature textile exhibition call out. There were two aspects to this exhibition: one was for miniatures under 25 cm cubed and one for micro textiles 5cm cubed. I challenged myself to make something at 5 cm. I made two self-portraits using the random cross-stitch. Once I conquer the size, I began slightly larger pieces. These were simply embroidered cloth.
I began to think of how they could be frame, both physically and intellectually. The size spoke of preciousness. This was on mind when I visited the south coast with fellow artist, Julie Ryder. On our travels we stopped in at a number of second hand shops. I drew inspiration for hunting framing devices. At one shop I suddenly spied small jewellery boxes. These were what I needed!
After visiting my optometrist, I realised that glasses cases might also have potential. This would be another project. For now, it was the portrait making I was concerned with and the pairing up of the jewellery boxes.
At this point in time I was beginning an artist in residency at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre for six weeks (previous blog). I was to run a community project one day a week called Tuggeranong Gardens. During the residency one of the community members suggested that I apply for a very small exhibition in the Chutespace at the M16, a contemporary art space. I was successful and immediately finished the pieces. Meanwhile I was also successful in applying to exhibit in a miniatures exhibition in the Ukraine. I had enough work made to make a good selection.