Mandy Ginsberg Contrasting Ele
Framed textiles by BEVERLEY DOWNIE, MANDY GINSBERG, WANDA MCPHERSON and SUE SENEWIRATNE
Sue Senewiratne Bijouterie
Four members of the Victorian Embroiderers Guild have produced framed two-dimensional works using a range of themes, styles and techniques.
Beverley Downie has used the Harcourt landscape as her inspiration for a series of sensitive representations of the locality. She describes her layered landscapes as “..horizontal bands separated by knotty suggestions of trees and undergrowth, rocks that shift between solidity and patches of colour, and in particular, the balance between light and dark.”
Mandy Ginsberg draws on her excitement with colour and the play of light on fabric, particularly silk, as her inspiration for vibrant abstractions, and as well, the mysteries of the underworld. Her dramatic colour combinations, embellished with machine and hand embroidery and beading give an intensity and sensuous richness.
Wanda McPherson is influenced by her surroundings and her interests in gardening, collecting vintage textiles and social history. In two works, silk fabrics symbolise the rich history and culture of Venice. Washing lines create a bold contrast showing that the centuries-old buildings are still inhabited. Close to the hearts of many Castlemaine gardeners will be her ‘Wisteria’ works executed in machine and hand embroidery and appliqué.
The fourth artist in the Group Show, Sue Senewiratne, is presenting a series of intricately beaded works sourcing the patterns, forms and colours of Indian and Islamic art and architecture. The works reference historical ornament and the patina and decay of ancient objects.