BRODERERS' EXHIBITION: The Art of Embroidery
Out of Gridlock
The featured grids are formed by a variety of techniques: piecing and patching of various fabrics to build up layers and to create depth; weaving threads and wire; and using stitch for mark-making of lines and blocks. Areas of intense stitching stabilise the cloth and change its feel and texture.
A grid may be considered a barrier or a form of containment. Distorted grids, uneven lines and frayed edges reflect a breaking away or a tension between freedom and constraint; the printed fabric areas provide visual contrast, and the orientation of the overlying motif suggests escape from the controlled structure of the grid.