This week brought an unexpected parcel in the mail. A wonderful covered artist journal created by textile artist, Sandra Champion of Hobart, Tasmania.
I first encountered Sandra’s work as curator of Beneath the Southern Sky. Sandra’s entry, The Pieman (pictured right), is an amazingly textured, hand embroidered work made from silks, dressmaker’s pattern tissue, teabag paper, newspaper, cotton scrim, batting, cotton threads, fusible webbing, adhesives and paints. Sandra writes:
The Pieman River is a remote and wild place in the Tarkine Wilderness of Western Tasmania. It is part of a diverse landscape in which all the elements are interdependent. The Pieman winds around windswept quartzite ridges covered with pockets of buttongrass; and the overhanging branches of the rare, mysterious Huon pines are mirrored in the River’s deep, dark surface. To walk through this place was to take with me the images of a living art form, transmuted here in textile.
The Tasmanian inspiration continues in her latest work From the Cove which won the Tasmanian Art Quilt Prize 2013 presented by the Tasmanian Quilting Guild and the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery.