2015 A Crafted History:People & Place
7 November 2015 - 10 January 2016
ArtSpace Realm, Maroondah City Council, Ringwood
A Project by Penelope Aitken, Anna Farago, Siri Hayes, Elvis Richardson, Sophie Xeros-Constantinides
Curated by Lisa Byrne and Jane O'Neill
For the project I collaborated with members of Maroondah Handicrafts Inc to create 'Stitching Time' a large banner like quilted work which was made from denim sourced from local op shops, fabric and thread naturally dyed with plants and weeds from various sites in Maroondah. I coordinated a series of open sewing circles where members of Maroondah Handicrafts and friends assisted with stitching and embroidering. As part of the process, I conducted interviews with members of the group about their thoughts on community, craft and feminism. These responses were then embroidered and printed onto the surface of the fabric.
Stitching forms a key part of Anna Farago’s practice – it was a skill she learnt as a child. She now maintains a process of integrating aspects of quilt making, patchwork and embroidery into her practice as a contemporary artist. In doing so, she reclaims something marginalized via criteria such as “women’s art”, ‘textile art’ and “crafts” and offers a new perspective on it’s relevance within a contemporary art context. For this project, Maroondah Handicraft members and the artist’s friends have attended “sewing circles”, opportunities to sit, chat and create together, demonstrating the kinds of connective glue that crafting in a community provides. Jane O'Neill 2015
Thanks to the women who assisted at sewing circles:
Maroondah Handicraft Members: Karin Bellingrodt, Jean James, Bev Glen, Joy Horne, Diane Kloet and Marian Parker.
Maroondah residents: Jill Kellett, Linda Moore and Nilima Pelz
My mates who came from far and wide: Penelope Aitken, Lissy Blake, Siri Hayes, Gabey MacGregor, Felicia Semple,
Leslie Sorenson, Laurene Vaughan, Rachel Wilson, and my daughter Cleo Farago and her mate Miriam (Memo) Mark Aitken
for their gorgeous additions of embroidered Swamp Everlastings.