16 August - 14 September 2019
Special opening event 5.30pm Friday 16 August | All welcome | Free
Nonie’s works features symbolic imagery and are often the result of the macro vision in nature.
She aspires to break traditional boundaries usually associated with stitch, handmade marks and tries to show a depth of vision and freedom through repetitive stitch.Natural fibres, eco dyes and pigments form the base cloth as the sub straight for the imagery.
Says Nonie, “I aspire to break the traditional boundaries usually associated with quilts and embroidery and try to show a depth of vision and freedom. Plant dyes and digital printing put side by side create the balance between nature and technology. Mono printing and embroidery connects them both. I find the creative process is glorious. It requires honesty, determination and courage. A wonderful alchemy can occur and I pursue that journey to where-ever it may lead.”
Nonie came to seriously think of herself as a maker about 1983 when she began studying Weaving at Melbourne College of Textiles. Embroidery and felt-making followed on rounding her skills and broadening her view of textiles.
Nonie says, “I have a spontaneous response to the surface. I look for marks within the cloth, water marks, stains or holes suggest the next step. My listening cloths are the paper my thoughts are transcribed onto. Rarely actual words but repetitive marks recording conversations.’ Nonie Sutcliffe is a Fibre Arts Australia Partner with Glenys Mann.
Image: Nonie Sutcliffe, Red Ironbark Eucalyptus sideroxylon (detail)