Fabric of life in stitches

SHARED VISION: Textile artists Kirsten Ingemar and Enid Taylor with Enid’s artwork 100 Years that will be displayed in the exhibition Shared Fragments in Time – Stories in Stitch and Dye.
SHARED VISION: Textile artists Kirsten Ingemar and Enid Taylor with Enid’s artwork 100 Years that will be displayed in the exhibition Shared Fragments in Time – Stories in Stitch and Dye. Marc Stapelberg

NORTHERN Rivers artists Enid Taylor and Kirsten Ingemar will sew their unique styles of textile artworks together for their upcoming exhibition Shared Fragments in Time - Stories in Stitch and Dye.

The exhibition will draw on pieces from the artists' own past as well as some historical events.

A section of Ms Taylor's work focuses on war, with pieces covering both world wars and the Korean War.

In one piece, Ms Taylor uses a concertina book made with handmade paper, parachute silk, cotton and silk embroidery, vintage lace and digital printing to detail the life of Second World War British agent Nancy Wake.

"I've tried to show the contrast between the war and the work she was doing in the French resistance and her very feminine side," she said.

Another piece features 100 black felt crosses stitched onto a base layer of silk, with a second layer featuring red poppies floating over the top.

"What I'm trying to say here is it's 100 years since World War I but we're still having wars even though it was meant to be the war to end all wars," Ms Taylor said.

For Kirsten Ingemar, there's a strong bicultural element in her work, as she explores her dual identity with both Australia and Denmark.

"The whole show is about small fragments of memory," she said.

"For me, it's cut in with my background in Denmark, sort of looking at everything form a bicultural perspective."

The majority of her work is made from plant dyeing, a method she's specialised in for more than 20 years.

Ms Ingemar said her artwork juxtaposes leaf imprints and dyeing from Australian plants with those from Denmark.

"There's a very different feel," she said.

The stitching and textiles exhibition will be held at the Northern Rivers Community Gallery, Ballina, from June 4-29. The launch is on June 7, 2-4pm.

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