Thursday, January 19, 2012

An Inspirational Day

It seems ages since I've posted, but I have been busy again with sprinklers and such - no rain to speak of here.  Yesterday was our group sewing day, the first for 2012.   We met at a different venue, at the invitation of the local art gallery staff.  The current exhibition is of particular interest to all, and especially those who dabble in textiles/paint/stitching.  You can see web reference to it here.  I won't go into the politics of the subject matter, but suffice to say, it has struck a chord with many of us who live not far from this small town that is no more.

The artist, Nicki Laws, has a passion for the plight of this now deserted township, and set about sharing her feelings using textiles, and various other mediums.  She was present yesterday, talking about her art work, her feelings, and giving us all an insight into some of the methods she used to present her pieces to the public.  Whilst researching the town's history, she was given lots of memorabilia, and has used it in her work.  She made all these little buildings, and carefully placed them on the 'town plan'.  I thought they were so gorgeous.

She was kind enough to allow photographs, and also brought along samples of her naturally dyed fabrics, giving them to us as gifts.  We were all intrigued by the variety of techniques she has used - a truly inspirational and generous lady.

I loved the little saying at the bottom of one of the pictures, and I think this may become my life motto. 

For those who are into embellishing machines, I thought this giant wallhanging might be of interest.  Nicki told us this took two months of constant 'clunking', and then there are so many other hand embellishments!!  To see it in the flesh is mind boggling, so much to see and think about.

I feel privileged to have seen this exhibition, and heard from the artist herself.  The story the exhibition is telling is very real, and very close to home for many of us here in this district.  Thank you Nicki for your passion, and your inspiration.   


CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Linda, What a very lovely and inspiring post. How sad the little town is gone but thanks to Nicki for bring to back to life in art. All those wee building look like they are made from wool. Lovely work. I also like the inspiring words about HOME. Thanks for bring me to your lovely world. Hugs Judy

Anney said...

Oh yes,I also love the quote re 'Home' so very true,thank you for sharing with us...happy sprinkling and stitching...

DIAN said...

Linda, thanks so much for bringing us some elements of this very special exhibition. I am not sure which piece I like most. It really is important work.

I am so pleased you enjoyed your day out.

Jensters said...

Wow what a story Linda and thanks for telling it to us xx

Wanda-Maria Roszak said...

Linda, a beautiful experience and a wonderful day, certainly not once meet such a beautiful meeting, I wish successes,
I greet

Karyn said...

oh wow, how lucky you were to spend some time with such a wonderful lady. It is a shame about the town though.
I like the saying about home too, I must remember that one.