15 March – 30 April
Sue de Vanny
The diversity of her work makes Sue de Vanny an exciting presence in the world of art and textiles. From the award-winning, extremely fine brush strokes required to do re-paints on fashion dolls to watercolour landscapes, portraiture, fine photography, dress, bag making, elaborate stitching and textile art there is no end to her creative abilities.
Recently her passion for fabric-based art has blossomed and it is exciting to see the transition of her art principles of painting and perspective being introduced to fabric. Sue creates pieces that have perspective in a painterly fashion, with her expert use of light, shadows and beautiful thread work giving extra texture and dimension. Fabric painting, dyeing, stamping, stitching, and the use of embellishments are what makes her works pop.
It is the meld of her talents that is really interesting as some of her current exhibits display multiple mediums. Where this will end as her confidence grows is really fascinating as those professionally involved in dealing in Susan’s creativity are constantly surprised by the shine in her work.
U3A University of the Third Age
ROTARY ART PRIZE
“NOW AND THEN”
Sonya Else (Textile artist, Quilter and Pattern Designer) My sewing journey began when I was 10 years old making Barbie doll clothes then taking my hand to some cross stitch embroidery, this was followed by my teenage years where I taught myself all of the intricacies of dress-making. After working in the retail area for a number of years I decided to refine my textile skills. I began using traditional methods making quilts, and then found my true passion after participating in a free motion quilting and art quilt workshop. These days you will find me either exploring the world of textile art, designing patterns for others to try, or free motion quilting on my Sweet Sixteen sewing machine for the patchwork community. I am in my element when I have something to create, and enjoy the challenge of improving my skills by having many projects in progress at one time. I love the creative process, from finding inspiration through nature, to exploring different fibres to create texture and bring my work to life with 3D effects, and love to play with colour by dyeing natural fabrics and fibres. I am stimulated by the world we live in and aim to spread joy through creating and sharing my artwork with the community.