Memories of Ornate Places Along Ancient Trade Routes Lead to Brilliant Judy Hooworth Exhibition | Newcastle Herald

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An unrolled length of plain white fabric is a blank canvas in the hands of Judy Hooworth. With a mind full of densely detailed imagery gathered during his three long tours along the Silk Road over the past decade, Hooworth has spent the past two years searching for tactile impressions that bear witness to thousands of years of cultural connections. from China to the Middle East and Russia, and Europe. “I just made a lot of fabrics based on those images, trying not to replicate exactly what I had seen but to express my feelings about it, about the color and the patterns,” she says. . “It’s over the top and it’s joyful, and I really like that.” There are the “Chinese reds”, “the blues of Uzbekistan”, the vibrant colors of painted houses in Transylvania, the linear marks carved into the steps of temples, the tile patterns of the Mausoleum of the Fragrant Concubine in Kashgar, the patterns gleaned from the photographs she took of the harvest, the drying of maize in village squares and the scribbles of writing on the walls that serve as community notice boards. “The mark that someone has left is fascinating,” she says. “With tiles, you can have different people repeat the same pattern over and over again and every tile is different. “But they know the pattern just by doing it, it’s ingrained. “I love that individual brand, that little bit that says someone was there to do that.” A selection of the art quilts that Hooworth has sewn from glued parts of her painted, printed and dyed fabrics have formed an exhibition being installed at the Timeless Textiles Gallery in Newcastle East. A work from the Silk Road series has already been recognized by the international jury of the Quilt National in the United States, which is the largest and one of the most prestigious exhibitions of contemporary quilts in the world. Hooworth has long been recognized in the highly competitive field of international artistic quilting, primarily for her works based on Dora Creek, the waterway that passes near her studio at Lake Macquarie. Last year alone, she won two major awards in Australia for her Dora Creek series quilts, as well as an award for surface design at the Quilts=Art=Quilts exhibition in New York State ( this piece being sold in an American collection). Her method of making her own fabric from a blank start began when she first moved to Morisset. Until his studio was built, there was no place to store his large stash of commercial printing. “That’s when I started making white quilts and painting them,” says Hooworth. At first, she painted the fabric from behind “so that the paint would start to come through the seam lines”. Then she reversed her method and started painting the front of her pigtails. Moving from that to creating large pieces of fabric, which she can cut and glue, she returned to her roots of making traditional patchwork quilts (Hooworth and a friend ran a quilting commission business in Sydney in the 1980s). 1980). “I started making pieced quilts again,” she says. However, now his pieced quilts are to be hung as art, rather than used as bedding. While Hooworth immerses herself in the creative process “as much as messaging,” all of her art quilts are “about something.” Ever since her scholarship to the National Art School at age 15, Hooworth has been drawn to history, finding the stories of art within. On one of her journeys along a segment of the network of trade routes known as the Silk Road, Hooworth stood before an example of renowned ‘octopus’ Minoan pottery – a ship hand painted octopuses with swirling tentacles. “I just burst into tears, to actually see it, this connection over 3,000 years. It’s a pretty strange feeling, this kind of connection with what other people have done. “You’re just a stranger who look, you can never be part of it. But you can look at it and say ‘I can see where you’re coming from with that’.” to access our trusted content:

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