Collage to Stitch

Presented by Four X Four, a new exhibition of textile art will be on display from November 3 to 6, at the Adelaide Craft & Quilt Fair, just one of a number of exhibitions of local and international quilts … read more.
















This new exhibition, Collage to Stitch, is the work of four South Australian textile artists and is the culmination of one years’ exploration of collage as a tool for developing ideas. The themes chosen and the approaches taken reflect personal passions and generally revolve around nature. Flowers, trees and gardens were frequent topics for reflection by artists Maxine Fry, Ruth Galpin, Suzanne Gummow and Sandra Obst.

See the collages along with the resulting textile artworks on display at the Adelaide Craft & Quilt Fair and meet the artists. This exhibition will be just one in the show which will have more than 300 quilts from South Australia, around Australia and several international exhibitions on display. Read more about all the exhibitions here.


Details: Collage to Stitch exhibition presented by Four x Four.

On display at the Adelaide Craft & Quilt Fair, November 3 to 6, 2016 at Adelaide Event & Exhibition Centre, Showground, Wayville.


Maxine Fry

Maxine’s love of nature is reflected in her work. She is an enthusiastic textile artist having come from a traditional quilting background. She loves to travel and takes many photos to inspire her latest pieces. Her work has developed from her collection of collage postcards and has extended into more detailed pieces of textile art. Maxine uses the sewing machine extensively in the creation of her work.

Ruth Galpin

Ruth Galpin has a love of the elements of colour, line and pattern and enjoys using repetition and contrast, along with simple printing techniques, in particular mono printing. She creates art quilts with hand dyed and printed fabric and collages with an assortment of hand made and commercial papers.

Suzanne Gummow

Suzanne Gummow is a passionate Textile Artist and Visual Arts Educator. Her own art practice is inspired by her travels, exotic gardens, all things Asian and soaking up the experiences of many cultures. Suzanne creates textile works that involve hand and machine embroidery, embellishment, collage, layering and with the gleam of metallics. She exhibits locally, nationally and internationally.

Sandra Obst

The materials that Sandra Obst uses include fabris and papers, some old and previously used, and other textile ephemera.  Colour and texture enhanced by hand and machine stitch are key design elements. For Sandra the exploration and use of techniques and fibres are not only an aim in themselves but also a way to create  a story with them being the vocabulary. 

Collage has been recognised as a fine art medium since George Braque and Pablo Picasso experimented with papers in the Cubist phase of French Art in 1912. From the 1920s many major artists including Joan Miro and Salvador Dali used collage in their graphic explorations. In 1947 Henri Matisse cut directly into pre-coloured paper to create simplified compositions that had a profound influence on twentieth century art. The medium has been frequently used by artists ever since.

Participation in a one day workshop titled Ideas Development in Collage, tutored by internationally exhibited embroiderer and quilter, Carolyn Sullivan, from Bundanoon in NSW, was the catalyst that brought these four women artists together.

This was an exciting and refreshingly different approach to exploring ideas for artists, Maxine Fry, Ruth Galpin, Suzanne Gummow and Sandra Obst. The challenge these artists set themselves was to make one post-card sized collage per day. This in itself was a huge commitment alongside managing family life and work. Once per month the group met to discuss, show, affirm and critique that month’s collection and to nominate a theme for the following month.

Each artist worked their respective ways through cutting, tearing, and layering before pasting, often working with a limited palette of papers sourced from their individual collections of purchased, found or prepared papers. Papers from varied commercial sources and styles including magazine pages, wrapping papers, oriental styles, handmade and decorated, printed, dyed or hand-coloured, even scraps of typography were used for their graphic impact.

At the same time the artists committed to creating one A4-sized textile piece each month as a preparatory work to be executed into a larger textile. This became an interim step prior to their realization into the larger, uniform size of 75cm x 45cm artworks exhibited here.

The exhibition Collage to Stitch is the culmination of one year’s exploration of collage as a tool for developing ideas. The themes chosen and the approaches were personal however, they generally revolved around nature. Flowers, trees, and gardens were recurring themes though occasionally an artist would explore an abstract concept such as grids.

The opportunity to commit to exploring this process was exciting as it provided stimulus to extend thought processes and to push an idea so much further than might normally occur.

To take a single concept and recreate it daily for thirty days required perseverance and dedication. What in fact occurred turned out to be the regular development of works in series, albeit small in composition, but hugely important for personal development.

Each artist has found themselves pursuing new and different directions as a result of this challenge; they have extended their individual expression, created new and exciting works and developed a series of ideas for future exploration.

See the Collage to Stitch exhibition on display at the Adelaide Craft & Quilt Fair, November 3 to 6, 2016 at Adelaide Event & Exhibition Centre, Showground, Wayville.

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