I have decided to try a French seam for the cotton scarves – I’m loving it!
Yesterday I took myself on an ‘art date’, as it’s been some time since I’ve visited my local Art Gallery Of South Australia!
I have fond memories visiting here with my Nanna as a child (as I grew up with parents who though art was a waste of time), and although the Gallery has changed quite a bit from those days, there are still some familiar faces!
In this post, I’m going to take you on a little art tour, showing you my inspirations My photos aren’t the best quality in the world (and squared off for Instagram), but hopefully you’ll still be inspired!
Firstly, a piece that captured my imagination as a youngster right up to today – ‘Adoration Of The Magi’ – this huge tapestry was designed by Edward Burne-Jones and J H Dearle and woven by un-named weavers at Morris & Co around 1900-1902. It is absolutely spectacular – Morris & Co was my main inspiration to get into textile design
Next on the tour are some fantastic Australian artists … I was a bit disappointed that my favourite Australian artist Peter Booth wasn’t on display (I will include his work at the end of this post), but there were plenty of other gorgeous pieces:
I think the 30s and 40s were an exciting time in Australian art! I confess I hadn’t heard of James Cant, so ended up discovering a ‘new’ artist yesterday too, which is very exciting!
The late, great Jeffrey Smart was a bit under-represented here … but here was one that I found interesting, considering Robe is one of my favourite holiday places – looks more industrial in this canvas though!
And this is an absolute classic in the Gallery (though usually Collier’s ‘Priestess Of Delphi’ is hanging nearby, but she must have been taking a rest)
There was a lot of gorgeous new art in the Gallery too – I was astounded by the ‘Momento Mori’ room, especially these two sculptures:
And here are a couple of pieces that I didn’t realise the Gallery owned (there was also a small Lucien Freud which I forgot to photograph) – excuse the glass reflection on the Bacon!
Now here are the pieces that were not on display … so I had to rely on images from google for these!
This first piece would be especially familiar to those who grew up in Adelaide in the 70s and 80s
And my other favourite – I remember staring at this for ages when I was a teenager, I was absolutely fascinated (and still am!):
Thanks for joining me on my little ‘art tour’ – I won’t leave it so long next time!
This is the latest addition to the shop – the ‘Scales’ pattern is from a French pattern book from around 1920, and is perfectly suited to men and women alike!
This one is extra-soft, as the white warp is baby wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills, and the black weft is the 5-ply that I usually use, to give the scarf more structure.
Yes, Threefold scarves are now available at Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre!!
Gallery M is very easy to find, right next to Marion Shopping Centre – 287 Diagonal Road, Oaklands Park. There is plenty of free parking right next to the Cultural Centre, so drop in
Gallery M has a shop and an exhibition space, as well as a cafe next door!
If you’re in Adelaide, you can buy my scarves from E For Ethel! I have a few in the shop, including a cotton one just like this one:
I’m weaving these on my ‘new to me’ secondhand 1979 LeClerc floor loom (‘Betty’) – it’s fun weaving plain weave with fine cotton!! These are quite light and drapey, so perfect for all year round.
Instead of sewing with a twist (like my wool ones), I have sewn these into a tube.
As you can see, you can wear them as is, or doubled over – they are 24cm wide x 140cm circumference (approx 9.4 inches x 55 inches).
I had a fantastic time weaving at E For Ethel as part of their ‘Creatives In Residence’ for the Adelaide Fringe Festival yesterday! I was trying very hard not to do my ‘concentration face’ while people were taking photos, haaha!!
Thanks to the lovely people I chatted to, hopefully I’ve inspired some to take up weaving!! For those reading this who are wondering, my loom is an Ashford 8 shaft table loom 😉