Tessuti Fabrics and Craft are pleased to present an exciting development of work from emerging textile artists Anastasia Petidis, Elaine Rutgers and Lucie Sprague.
The collective are three Taureans completing their final year of Textile Design and Development at RMIT. Over the two (or more, in some cases) years, these three artists have been thrown into a pressure cooker environment, undertaking rigorous technical training in weaving, knitting, printing, dyeing, drawing, stitching, embroidery, and various other forms of textile media. The recent addition of unconventional materials and the freedom to explore their interests and specialise within a particular discipline (weave and knit) has revealed some Taurean tendencies among these three emerging textile practitioners.
Taurus is the sign of the zodiac most often associated with stubbornness and materialism. Basic newspaper astrology tends to simplify personality traits that can manifest in a variety of ways, and these two attributes are a slightly negative description of something more nuanced. Rather than stubborn, a commitment to a laborious task is more evident. The design process requires a lot of research and image generation, which is then translated through sampling before engaging in the slow process of textile construction. Materialism is also a generalisation, as the similarities between the work of these three artists are the consideration of materials and their properties, a love of texture, and a sensual approach to design.
The resulting work is a series of process driven explorations into material, colour and texture. Working alongside renowned textile artist John Brooks, the exhibiting artists will be presenting concept images, drawings, material samples and small, hand-crafted textile swatches, which will come together to allow the viewer a glimpse into the thinking and mapping involved in the production of studio textiles. The interplay between two and three dimensional ways of working will reveal how one can inform the other, creating a dialogue between methodologies from a Taurean perspective.