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In these unprecedented times when an exhibition is hung and a catalogue has been created but for the health of all no one can visit it. Please check out my body of work in the Traffic Jam Galleries catalogue.   Just click on the link ….  The Catalogue

Amending Traditions is a body of work that pays respect to the tradition of needlepoint tapestry, it honors its process and considers its subject matter. Art reflects society and in the 19th century, tapestry affirmed rigidity and modesty. The role of the amended tapestry is to break the customary stereotypes by sassing up the traditional subject matter. Stitching and mending recontextualises and allows for autonomy and sustained self-expression.

Traditional tapestries are stitched and darned with contemporary urban themes and incorporate humor to show contrast.  Niki McDonald employs sub-culture slang and lyrics from popular songs to prompt the viewer to complete the line and relive a moment in time. By inviting the audience to connect their own experience with that of the subject in the tapestry she hopes to ignite impact.

Birds represent freedom, they have a higher perspective and a big picture view. In the series, Amending Traditions, the bird gives us insight into how the subject is feeling and what their challenge is.

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I hope you enjoy the exhibition catalogue as much as I enjoyed creating and stitching it x

 

Thank you 2019 for the many opportunities to express, exhibit and teach my passion, needlepoint tapestry.

8 gallery exhibitions, including galleries in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, London and Los Angeles.  4 online exhibitions, 3 stitches and craft shows, 12 workshops, 2 magazine features, 1 million stitches and many Sew as I GO moments. I’m stitching over summer and am preparing to thrive and blossom in 2020. All my love and gratitude for the creativity, support and opportunities throughout 2019

 

Anni Albers Quote. Being creative is not so much the desire to do something as the listening to that which wants to be done: the dictation of the materials. Creating is the most intense excitement one can come to know.

I was chatting with a friend about my needlepoint tapestry, Slowly Taking Dictation, she said that it worked with the Polish Poet’s, Secretary of the invisible. I’m drawn to the idea of slowly taking dictation in the role of the secretary of the invisible.

Niki_McDonald_ Slowly taking Dictation _ NP Tapestry _ 2019

Slowly Taking Dictation 110x90cm. Hand dyed 30ply wool, 3.75 tapestry canvas, 2019

Secretaries by Czeslaw Milosz

I am no more than a secretary of the invisible thing
That is dictated to me and a few others.
Secretaries, mutually unknown, we walk the earth
Without much comprehension.  Beginning a phrase in the middle
Or ending it with a comma.  And how it looks when completed
Is not up to us to inquire, we won’t read it anyway.

Sew as I go, at Artisan’s on Lewis, Mudgee was everything I wanted, a gorgeous gallery, my body of work professionally and carefully curated, enthusiastic gallery goers, family and friends, the most heavenly wine from the sponsor, Pieter van Gent and an array of red dots.

To be playful I themed up for my exhibition and wore a, Lady and the Unicorn, tapestry  printed skirt.

Mudgee is a 4 hours drive from Sydney, it’s over the Blue Mountains and into the Central West. For all those that couldn’t make it to the opening I’ve posted a photo collage. Sew as I Go, runs until September 16th, so if you’re up for quintessential wineries, colonial buildings and friendly Mudgee folk take the trip and visit.

Join me at Artisan’s on Lewis, in beautiful historic Mudgee. On show, is a year’s worth of ‘Sew as I go’, where I seek to transcend old habits that inhibit playfulness and industriousness. As I sew and as I go, I explore, refresh and cultivate curiosity. This body of work seeks to find the balance between playfulness and industriousness. 

Opening on Saturday 25th of August at 3-pm. Be inspired by over 20 contemporary needlepoint tapestries, be uplifted by the memorable, Artisan’s gallery and be refreshed by Pieter van Gent’s sumptuous quintessential Mudgee wine.

I hope to see you there xInvitation Sew as I Go

The name Tapestry Girl is playful and I like to dip into playfulness when things get too industrious. Textile art draws on creativity, skillfulness and industriousness. It’s easy to get bogged down in the mechanical side of life but when I remember to be lighthearted, grateful and playful, it feels like magic happens.

Life is busy, I have a day job, kids and a house to manage, my needlepoint tapestry is portable, so I sew as I go, it’s part of my playful project. It’s fun and rewarding to find interesting, challenging and gorgeous places to sew. People ask me how I get it all done, the key for me, is to remember to be playful and to sew as I go.

Mother May I? Use the tools of domesticity for sustained self expression and urban sass. 

As a textile artist I sometimes feel the confines of expressing myself through the textile medium. I am asking for permission and validation to use needlepoint tapestry as a medium to break the rules of tradition using a traditional medium.  Mother May I, is a ‘Darn Bombed’, repurposed traditional tapestry that I have roughly darned with black wool to impart urban sass and individuality.  I give myself permission to go outside the needlepoint tapestry grid.

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