HER OWN WORK: Designer and artist Jeht Burgoyne is about to launch her first solo exhibition at The Serpentine Gallery, Lismore.
HER OWN WORK: Designer and artist Jeht Burgoyne is about to launch her first solo exhibition at The Serpentine Gallery, Lismore. Patrick Gorbunovs

Art and fashion join up by design

JEHT Burgoyne's first solo exhibition, A Stitch in Time, has sewn together both her passion for dressmaking and her enthusiasm for art.

The exhibition, on display at the Serpentine Community Gallery from February 7, will feature a collection of paintings, printmaking, etchings and sculptures.

Predominantly red, black, white and beige, the artworks portray a unique and somewhat dark fusion of fashion tools such as scissors, needles and a sewing machine with what looks to be a seamstress.

The inspiration behind the exhibition came at a time when Ms Burgoyne was grappling with the decision to pursue a career as a full-time artist or to continue her role as a professional seamstress and clothes designer.

"I came to the conclusion that my clothing designs were also an art form and this body of work is about that," she said. "So I didn't need to decide."

People who have viewed the artworks so far say they can "feel a lot of tension in it", Ms Burgoyne said.

"I was at that point where I didn't even want to go near my sewing room, so I took all that emotion and put it into my art," she said.

"I think as an artist you just come to a point where you become a bit dry, or you need to do something else, need to be re-inspired or reinvigorated, so that was my way of doing it."

Ms Burgoyne said the artworks were also heavily influenced by her 15 years in the Northern Rivers fashion industry.

"The foundation of the work started with my career in fashion and how you almost become a tool of the trade," she said.



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