An exhibition of embroidery containing around 130 works shows the huge creativity that can be achieved using needlework.
Two groups of talented embroiderers – Warkworth Embroiderers and the Hibiscus Coast Guilds – have come together to exhibit their work for the first time in the Embroidery Showcase at Estuary Arts Centre in Orewa.
Showcase organiser and member of the Hibiscus Coast guild, Joanne Saunderson, says the exhibition came about because last year’s regional exhibition was cancelled because of Covid-19. She says it is important to provide an opportunity for the embroiderers to show their work in a non-competitive way.
Both Joanne, and Warkworth Guild president Jennifer Kirker, say that it’s important to show the next generation how creative needlework can be.
Traditional techniques that began humbly at home, with the aim of decorating plain household items such as pillowcases, are used to create complex and beautiful works of art. The showcase includes 3D sculptural works, framed pieces and decorated practical items.
Joanne says embroidery is ideal if, like her, you are “an active relaxer” – someone who likes their hands to be busy. She is currently enjoying extending herself creatively with pieces that include steam punk.
Jennifer says she has a more traditional approach, and loves seeing pieces grow and develop.
Both women say they learn more from other members of the guild than they ever could online.
“You help each other problem solve, share ideas and inspire each other,” Jennifer says. “That’s what the group does for you.”
The Embroidery Showcase is on now at Estuary Arts, 214 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa, until May 29.