written in the cloth 5 – wall art
This product is an example of something Rita has made in the past. She is a botanical dyer with years of experience who shares her knowledge through social media and workshops. Rita lives in Austalia and her products are sold using the Australian Dollar on her site. We did a conversion at the time of the import, but numbers may be off, depending on the exchange rate. She will help you with any questions you may have.
‘I didn’t realise it at the time, but this art quilt is a visual representation of place. It could almost be an aerial photograph in its design.
Less obvious is that the methods I used relied on place, specifically the places where I live and work.
The vintage blanketing found in a local op shop; the plants harvested from the land; the vintage silk given to me by a friend – all these express in an unspoken way my environment and relationships.
The meditative hand stitching reflects my presence and thoughts in my home and work place. As I worked, my mind and my hands moved freely, almost unconsciously.
When I finished it, I suddenly saw that I had told a story without words. It was my story, a story unique to me. The story of who I am, where I am, and what I do.
A story no-one else can tell.’
[Eco dyed and printed vintage wool blanket and silks (leaves, rusty nails); eco dyed and commercial threads; collaged; hand stitched.]
Measurements available by request.
I am a Canadian-born eco artist living and working in the island state of Tasmania. I hold a Bachelor of Education (Art Major, distinction) and a diploma of Art Craft Design; I taught within the state education system, did management and community work, and then found my true calling after having a work-related breakdown in 2002. I opened my gallery/studio exactly 1 year later to the day and discovered eco printing and dyeing in 2008. I have always loved textiles and stitching and part of my mission is to raise awareness of them as a valid art form. My underlying philosophy is to create products and source materials as ethically as I can. I find and reinvent vintage and preloved clothing, fabrics and other materials with natural dyes, paints made from the earth and deconstruction techniques, allowing them to inspire my work. Materials for natural printing and colour are mostly foraged from our own property, where I can manage the trees and plants respectfully. My business is based in northeastern Tasmania, Australia; this is where I display and sell my work.
art is like breathing to me – life and thoughts impressed on paper, cloth, the air; fleeting sounds and images captured before they escape forever
(c) Rita Summers
Visit my website to see what is current in products and workshops. I do offer a few online workshops if you are not local to Tasmania. Gone Rustic Studio
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