Stitches with a Difference

When something wears out you either repair, replace or renew. I've played a lot of sport and my knee has suffered various injuries.

These injuries were something a plaster wouldn’t fix so in March I had a knee replacement.

My surgeon could well become the invisible stitcher. A running stitch with dissolving thread.

Recently my artwork has included many varieties of stitches as I learn to embroider.

4 months later and I’m still recovering.

Motivation is not high up on the list for finishing a project I started quite a few months ago.


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Afternoon Tea with Nana

Memories are part of my artwork. As a child my Nana let us make mud pies in her garden. We were allowed to pick flowers and decorate them. The best part was she came with handbag over her arm and bought our creations. We then set off to the corner dairy where I soon learnt that vanilla, a new flavour, was not a fruity ice-cream. 

This book was made for the NZ Association of Book Crafts exhibition. Using muslin as a base, serviettes and photos of cupcakes were glued, collage style on to the muslin. These were photocopied and formed the pages.

The process in pictures.

An Interactive Artwork

When my sister visits she take great pride in rearranging the ‘Cushies.’ This physical presence of her contemplating her next move, appears like a draughts player with a new strategy.

The humble pin cushion is its own work of art, with a new artwork everyday. This re arranging is a bit like life. You need to make adjustments, change things up a little, make something appear new and different.

 Maybe it’s become an interactive artwork.

What's in a Pattern?

Everyone sees colours differently. You know the old fashioned saying, ' blue and green should never be seen.’ That plays to the rebel in me and for years I have mixed all colours together. 

I like the deconstructed look of making my own fabric where the fibre and threads are randomly placed and then stitched together. 

Are You a Onesie Maker?

When I did my Diploma of Visual Art and Design at the Eastern Institute of Technology, it was all about the process. Take one stage at a time and develop that with drawings and once you have achieved multiple drawings choose one to develop into an artwork.

My brain works in a different way. I’m more an intuitive maker and don’t like the idea of a ‘onesie.’ 

To make many, is to give strength in numbers. A large picture of many parts that the viewer needs to keep visiting to understand and see the progression of my work. If it’s cohesive it flows and therefore there is more understanding about it. Most of my ideas come as I'm making one. The next idea develops and this progressive approach gives the collection. There is no distraction and the high level of focus and engagement usually results in a successful body of work. That's my goal anyway. Maybe its called obsessive art but for me its enjoyable.

‘Cushy Numbers’ are a collection of pin cushions that make craft into art. I was aiming for 20 but have produced so many more.

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There is a Time for Everything

This wee beachcomber has been in progress a long while. I started her in 2015. Then as my husband and father passed away that year, my creative nous disappeared. Over the last three years I have spent many times looking at her and feeling remorseful that she lay in pieces. This is her journey to completion.  

Introducing Mary O’Reilly.