Ways of Seeing

Materials: acrylic inks on board, fabric, paper, threads, yarns, beads, wire

Technique: cut-paper lettering design, felting, calligraphy, embroidery, applique, beading

Size: 70 cm diameter (compressed), up to 150 cm (expanded)

Description: During our lives we develop perceptions, intuitions, attitudes, sensibilities, experiences and understanding of the world in which we live. These all influence the way we interpret a particular situation, and can limit (or even obscure) our ability to ‘see clearly’. Here each of these concepts is “written” inside a magnifying glass through which we can observe the world. Each is depicted in a different medium (crochet, tapestry, felting, beading, embroidery and decorated paper) to represent the different approaches we can take to make sense of our surroundings. 

Many writers have described their experiences of the world as well as their hopes and dreams. Here these ‘ways with words’ are represented as circular bands of colour, illuminating the dark recesses of the unknown. The central focal point in each field is shaped like an eye, symbolising one perspective (or ‘outlook’) on life, or it could be interpreted as a ‘third eye’, a window to the inner core of the subconscious. 

The various colours encompass the full spectrum, and this represents the wide range of diversity and individuality in the human population. In this interactive display, by layering some or all of the lenses over your choice of text, you can create many alternative views of the world.




Selected for display in the “Interwoven Vision’ exhibition at Cooloola Shire Gallery in 2001 and Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium in 2002.
Printed in the Interwoven Vision colour catalogue ISBN 0 9585342 8 4.
Selected to be printed in the prestigious “Letter Arts Review” journal (vol 17 no 3) in 2002 (one of only three Australian artists chosen).
Displayed in Holland Park Library in 2002 and the “A Passion for Paper” exhibition in Coffs Harbour in 2003.
Displayed in my solo exhibition “Colourful Language” at Gallery 119 in 2004, and in Corinda Library in 2004 and Toowong Library in 2004-5.
Printed in Textile Fibre Forum (vol 26 issue 1 no 85) and displayed in my solo exhibition “Colourful Language” at Gallery 159 in 2007.
Selected to be printed in “Practical Calligraphy” by Peter Taylor, Hinkler Books ISBN 9781741855647 and “1000 Artisan Textiles”, Quayside Publishing ISBN 9781592536092 in 2010
Displayed in “Undercurrents” at Art Factory Gallery in 2011 and in “Spectrum” at Gallery 159 in 2013.
Printed in the 6 page article in “Down Under Textiles” (issue 13) in 2013.
Selected to be printed in “500 Handmade Books volume 2”, Lark Books ISBN 781454707530 in 2013.
Printed in “Paper Art: 261 International Artists” edited by Helene Tschacher for IAPMA in 2013.
Printed in Fibreline (ATASDA) in 2014.

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