BALLARAT – SPRING
21st to 27th September 2020View Event
Louise Saxton is a mixed media and assemblage artist, known within Australia and internationally for her unique practice in reimagining and reconstructing everyday needlework. She refers to her work with domestic textiles as a “silent collaboration with the original makers” and “a fragile gift, which needs to be salvaged and protected from disappearing completely from our cultural memory”.
Louise Saxton has exhibited extensively in Australia and also in the UK, USA, France and Holland and is represented in Australia by Gould Creative, Melbourne. Her work is held in public and private collections in Australia, India, Malaysia and the USA.
Memory and paying homage to past labour and past lives are integral elements of Louise Saxton’s work with reclaimed needlework. During this workshop each participant will create their own monogram artwork, which pays homage to someone they wish to be remembered.
Participants will work with traditional alphabet embroidery transfer patterns, or draw their own design, to create a unique ‘memento monogram’ assemblage, from reclaimed embroidery, lace, pins and tulle. In the second half of the workshop Louise will share her technique for mounting the fragile assemblages ready for framing. Participants will go home at the end of the workshop with a Memento Monogram, which can be framed and kept as a permanent memento of the person they wish to honour through this unique process.