Gold Coast City Gallery
13 June – 5 July
A new exhibition opening on Saturday at Gold Coast City Gallery will shine a spotlight on the history of embroidery in Queensland.
Embroidered Memories celebrates 40 years of the Embroiderers’ Guild of Queensland: Southport Branch, an organisation dedicated to building and enhancing the tradition of needlework.
Gallery Manager John Walsh said the exhibition—featuring traditional hand embroidery and detailed smocking—provided the opportunity to survey a large body of work by embroiderers who have been practising their craft for decades.
‘The exhibition showcases works made by members from 1975 onward, highlighting the development of their embroidery skills and how styles have changed over the years.’
‘The 40th anniversary provides a great opportunity to celebrate such a significant milestone and ensure this fascinating art is passed down from generation to generation,’ Mr Walsh said.
The Guild has been instrumental in preserving historical methods of embroidery while also championing new approaches through workshops catering both to beginners and the experienced.
Embroidered Memories will feature a number of new collaborative pieces that utilise cross- stitch, ribbon work and gold work and the embroidered pieces themselves range from blankets and shoulder bags to cushions and iPod covers.
The exhibition is curated by Fiona Baker and featured artists include Barbara Harris, Lilian Tolmie, Mary Ellen Wraith and Rosemary Hughes.
Embroidered Memories is on display at Gold Coast City Gallery from 13 June until 5 July.
Image: Barbara Harris, Stargazer Lily 2010. Courtesy of the artist