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 techniques
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
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 & textiles.
A solo exhibition in 2011 successfully saw the interest in my Textiles grow with several pieces selling alongside
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
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