About Dijanne Cevaal ↓
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. As a small child I built constructions that were stitched and embroidered and this love of embroidery continued through my teenage and adult years.
I have a Masters degree from Charles Sturt University NSW, which has pushed me to examine the textile surface in a more immediate way, not simply as a vehicle for imagery, but a return to the touch and textuality of textiles, its intimacy and its narrative content.
All the fabrics in my work are hand dyed, and I employ simple printing techniques to create original one-off fabrics used in my work. I love simple resist techniques such as folding and tying, having fallen in love with the indigo cloth of West Africa.
I tend to work in fairly simple colour contrasts though the cloth I use is often complex in the colours they contain. Stitching both by machine and hand are important elements, as is the creation of texture. Pattern and repeats is also an element of my work.
In the past 15 years I have been curating traveling exhibitions, that have travelled mostly to Europe and the Middle East. My travels have opened up a whole new world of textiles- the Middle East was a treasure trove of textiles made by hand in time honored ways they were stunning.
The experience has also seen the emergence of the Sentinelle series ‐ whereby I can use my European background as inspiration for expressing my concerns for the future- where I can combine the rich tradition of pattern and decoration and stitch with my love of byzantine icons and nature.