Lois Parish Evans is an award winning textile artist/art quilter who currently lives in Tauranga, NZ. Learning to sew and draw from an early age, Lois merged her two favourite subjects whilst at Art School and has been creating textile art and exhibiting for many years.
Included in her accomplishments are 5 solo exhibitions, plus juried into numerous national and international exhibitions and traveling exhibitions, and a range of awards.
Lois finds her inspiration in observing and exploring the natural environment, and she looks for the extraordinary in the ordinary. Beginning from a photograph the elements of colour, line, shape and pattern are translated into a drawing, often simplified to their essence, then deconstructed and reconstructed into a textile artwork. She is fascinated by ‘structure’ – the structures she sees in nature and the structure created through building layers in her creative work. Her main tool is the sewing machine, which she uses to draw with, and the supporting techniques are often a combination of raw edge applique, hand colouring/painting, hand stitching and free machine quilting. Her art quilts are often a form of representational abstraction.
Retail Price: NFS (Private Collection)
Dimensions: 102x43cm (H x W)
Statement: Exploring the positive and negative shapes of the Firewheel flower, deconstructing and reconstructing into new possibilities – perhaps an underwater world, a new cosmos, or under the microscope….
Exhibitions: Finalist for the Miles Art Awards, Tauranga Art Gallery, NZ; Merit Award for Medium Quilt at the Great NZ Quilt Show 2019
Photographer: Lois Parish-Evans