Born in the UK, Lynne Hargreaves worked as a graphic designer moving into design training in 1978. 20yrs in vocational and tertiary education followed. Joining the cultural sector and arts management in 1998 she retired to Tasmania in 2017 from the position of Director of Exhibitions & Collections at the Art Gallery of WA. She has worked in partnership with institutions such as the Louvre, Tate, V&A, St Petersburg State Theatre, and most recently the MoMA, NY to present renowned artworks in Perth. Entering a new chapter of her career she now has a focus on her own textile practice.
Art quilting draws upon her design background and she is excitedly discovering the wonders of thread and fabric. Like many, she is often inspired by the patterns and micro landscapes found in nature, in the hedgerows, on tree barks, lichens, and amongst the frosty leaf litter of autumn. There is also an autobiographical side to her work. The ‘lass from Leeds’ is usually not far away in the dry Yorkshire humour and commentary on her own life experiences. She is currently embarking on her personal nod at the ‘Bayeux Tapestry’ a 15 m embroidery based on behind-the-scenes life at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
She is currently working with the broader linear qualities of the landscape. The Apple Isles Series takes inspiration from her home in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley. Simplifying and abstracting elements she explores drawing with stitch and surface texturing. The work displayed features experiments with hand-dyed fabric. The differing hues are layered and pieced together and then overworked with double-needle and free-motion machine stitching. Linear patterning is worked in machine and hand embroidery and is a colour study for a large work.
An early start, listening to garden guru Tino Carnevale on the car radio I was enchanted by the morning, the brilliance of colour belying the cold of the frozen fields which the sun had yet to touch. The work is a miniature study of ideas and impressions from that morning.Apple Isle Series: Bright and frozen with Tino on the radio (40x40cm) by Lynne Hargreaves
Invitation to Exhibition Opening & Textile Talk
Australia Wide Eight premieres at Warwick Art Gallery from 14 July until 27 August 2022. The official opening by Julie Tasker is at 2.30pm on Saturday 16 July following her textile talk Quilts Created with Wool? Why not? All welcome! Tickets are free. Bookings essential:
- Julie Tasker: Textile Talk 1.30-2.30pm Saturday 16 July 2022
- Official Opening Australia 2.30-4pm Saturday 16 July 2022
AW8 Preview is a series of daily blog posts from 10 June to 15 July 2022 that will feature an artist and preview their artwork from the Ozquilt Network members’ exhibition Australia Wide Eight. The exhibition will premiere at Warwick Art Gallery from 14 July until 27 August 2022 and continue on tour until September 2024. Please direct any exhibition queries to AW8@ozquiltnetwork.org.au
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