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Collective Stitches Exhibition with Dionne Swift

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Have you ever wondered how resilient nature can be? Lay cement to make a pathway, and few blades of grass will peek through after a few months. Under the hot sun, a white wall will become dull and as the season changes to bring rain, shades of green and grey moss will appear.  I find it fascinating how nature responds to the built up environment, and discovered interesting features that could be incorporated into my heavy machine embroidery. Not only that, I also realised how much of this mirrors our life, navigating through different challenges, making crucial choices, and growing personally everyday.

So, I was very excited when I received an email from textile artist, Dionne Swift, to take part in her exhibition, Collective Stitches. She was gathering interest from all her students to showcase their work, and of course I said,  "Yes!".  Being based in Singapore, I don't think I would get such an opportunity, so I got cracking in November after my art residency at the L'Observartoire, and got the three heavy machine embroidered pieces sent to England.

The pieces will be exhibited at:
1st – 4th March Collective Stitches The Knitting and Stitching show Olympia.
26th – 29th April Collective Stitches The Knitting and Stitching show Edinburgh.
2nd May - Hawar, Oldeberkoop, Netherlands www.hawar.nl
11th - 14th October Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace, London
8th - 11th November Knitting and Stitching Show, Dublin, Ireland
22nd - 25th November Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate, Yorkshire

A Life's Journey
"The three pieces, Embracing the Storm, Challenging Choices Ahead, and Cultivating Resilience, were inspired by the walks that the artist took from her place of work to her home.  Each time she took the journey, she noticed how nature’s way of dealing with adversity is a reflection of our own mechanisms in coping with the different stages of our lives.  From the uncertainty during the heavy rains to the plant that is able to grow under distress, these pieces are a reminder that struggles do not last forever."

Free motion embroidery by Agy
Embracing the Storm
~30 x 30 cm
textile waste

£190

Free motion embroidery by Agy
Challenging Choices Ahead
~30 x 30cm
textile waste

£190


Free motion embroidery by Agy
Cultivating Resilience
~30 x 30cm
textile waste
£190




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