Teresa V.

HISTORY:

Many of my positive memories from my childhood relate to textiles of some sort. A shoebox full of fabric scraps taken to school, sewing classes in primary school, Needlework work in high school, learning to sew my own clothes as a teenager at sewing classes on a Saturday. When I didn’t get into the Textiles and Design/Home Science teaching degree I had chosen, I went on to become a Primary School Teacher instead. This opened up my horizons in many ways. A life-long passion for literacy teaching and migrant issues was ignited. However, when my daughter was small, and I had some free time, while working part-time as a University tutor, I started thinking about those earlier interests I had and began embroidery classes. I haven’t stopped learning and trying out various techniques such as felting, mixed media techniques, beading, photo transfer techniques, natural dyeing.  Now working as a primary school teacher in Italian and Creative Arts, I enjoy using both my academic and creative skills. I find my artistic interests influence my teaching and vice versa.

PROCESS:

I still use a variety of techniques in my work – embroidery, photo transfer techniques, felting, counted thread techniques, such as canvas work. I have recently started using beading and sequins for a particular piece of exhibition work and love the meditative quality of hand stitching. I’m yet to decide on a particular technique to focus on. I enjoy working with different techniques at different times and with different concepts or pieces of work. I really enjoy the research and thinking required at the start of a theme or project. One of the things I’m working on is maintaining momentum and seeing things through to the end.

CONTENT:

I’m drawn to conceptual art and love to read about the ideas behind an artist’s work, almost as much as looking at the visual impact of a piece. I use the following types of materials in my work, sometimes on their own or in combination. I particularly like juxtaposing the distressed with the new and ‘shiny’:

* Work using ‘luxurious fabrics’ and notions, such as silk organza, chiffon, beads, sequins, gold thread. 

* Hand dyed, eco dyed, rusted fabrics. 

* Photo transfer onto silk organza and silk fabric

I’m interested in:

* Historical textiles and embroidery

* Recording the passage of time via changes in the natural world

* Social issues – I’ve always been passionate about social justice and feel this could be an area I would like to incorporate in my work. However, I’ve struggled to find a way to express this in visual form.