Gail Grunske, Diane Symes and Carol Oyston; Out of the Box in Crows Nest

Although I spend a bit of time at the CNRAG, I obviously don’t pay that much attention to the upcoming events as it was with surprise that I greeted the new textiles-based exhibition that is up for the month of April.

I really like it! My bias is obvious but the sheer mass of handcrafting that has gone into this work, the functionality of most of the pieces and the diversity of techniques on display…simply stunning.

Grunske, Orange Wool Shoulder Cape, stitched and layered, with beaded clasp.

Oyston, What! Lettuce Again, Dyed paper, organza, snail shells, bead, threads
Grunske, Silk scarf with wool, stitching and beads & Pink/purple hand-dyed necklace
Left to right: Grunske, Chunky Wool Neckwarmer, handknitted, felted, embellished. Grunske, Black Wool Neck Piece, wool, vintage buttons. Symes, Around the Shoulder, Kid mohair, cotton, acrylic.

Grunske, Black wool scarf, Black wool handbag, Black wool cuff, Black wool neckpiece. Needle embellished with wool and roses.

Grunske, Black Wool Cuff, Black Wool Neckpiece detail.

Gruske, Aqua Wool Neckwarmer, embellished with leaves, flowers, jewellery
Symes, Caisson, Wrapped in silk 1, Wrapped in silk 2, No. 1 & No. 2, Hand felted wool, beads, thread, polyester, silk

Symes, Hat, velvet, cotton, polyester

Symes, Hat, velvet, cotton, polyester
Oyston, Feelings, Fabric, lace, over-stitched, embellished painted acrylic

Feelings detail.

Oyston, Summertime 1, Silk hand-painted tunic
Available for viewing until April 29th. Well worth the journey if you’re in the region.

About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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