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  • Installation view 2006

    Maker: Amanda A'Hara
    Materials: embroidery on felt, plastic hoop
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Pig 2008

    Maker: Angela Meyer
    Materials: embroidery on cotton duck
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Installation view 2006

    Maker: Shona Rapira Davies
    Materials: pencil and stitching on printed cotton fabric
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Chimp Drawing # 4 and Nazi's 2003

    Maker: Ronnie van Hout
    Materials: embroidery on cotton duck
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Trace 2008

    Maker: Rachelle Pedersen
    Materials: viscose and cotton thread on cotton in wooden embroidery frame
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Installation view (detail) 2008

    Maker: JB Bones
    Materials: embroidery on cotton
    Courtesy of the artist
  • My sister and I 2007

    Maker: Roxanna Zamani
    Materials: hand machine embroidery on 100% cotton, 100% polyester thread
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Canine Cameos 2008

    Maker: Seb Clarke
    Materials: embroidered badges
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Installation view

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  • The Society Islands: Huahine, The Society Islands: Tahiti 2008

    Maker: Jo Torr
    Materials: embroidered barkcloth (tapa) with mother of pearl
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Stitch Cupboard 2008

    Maker: Annie Mackenzie
    Materials: MDF and red wool
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Installation view 1996

    Maker: Katherine Morrison
    Materials: wool blanket pieces, wool batting. Cotton sheet and threads. Machine and hand pieced then hand darned, quilted and embroidered
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Take Me Home and All I Am 2007

    Maker: Tori Ferguson
    Materials: cotton embroidery on cotton handkerchief
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Where Did This Come From? 2004

    Maker: Diana Parkes
    Materials: embroidery on vintage 1930s linen laundry bag with design transfer
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Baggage 2005

    Maker: Rosie White
    Materials: cotton sateen, bridal veil, boning, screen print, hand embroidery, slide fasteners
    Courtesy of the artist
  • What a honey 2004

    Maker: Angela Meyer
    Materials: silver and red thread on black cloth
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Bambi Birdie Boner 2004

    Maker: Megan Hansen-Knarhoi
    Materials: cotton on tapestry cloth
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Installation view 1996

    Maker: Katherine Morrison
    Materials: wool blanket pieces, wool batting, cotton sheet and threads, machine and hand pieced then hand darned, quilted and embroidered
    Courtesy of the artist
  • Journey 2006

    Maker: Wendy Randall
    Materials: wool on hessian
    Courtesy of the artist

No Rules: Rediscovering Embroidery

15 November 2008 - 20 December 2008

Makers:
Amanda A'Hara, JB Bones, Seb Clarke, Tori Ferguson, Megan Hansen-Knarhoi, Annie Mackenzie, Angela Meyer, Athina Moisa, Katherine Morrison, Diana Parkes, Rachelle Pedersen, Wendy Randall, Shona Rapira Davies, Rose Marie Salmon, Jo Torr, Rosie White, Roxanna Zamani, Ronnie van Hout

Uncovering a range of embroiderers' work that challenges many preconceptions about stitch No Rules: Rediscovering Embroidery gathers a selection of 18 makers who have broken free of convention, or redirected it in unexpected ways. These makers have uncovered eloquent personal directions, their common link the inevitability of stitch as their medium of choice. Such exploration is re-discovering the world of stitch, reclaiming it, and opening it to new possibilities.
No Rules is not intended to capture one particular movement or groundswell of activity in stitch. The exhibition, curated by Rosemary McLeod, is an investigation the expansive range of makers from a variety of ages and backgrounds who have chosen thread, before other mediums, for its pure expressive potential.

McLeod notes in her essay for the exhibition, "there have been conscious attempts in the past to revive embroidery, but what is happening now is not such a structured approach. It is the rediscovery of thread's potential on the stitcher's own terms, making embroidery not stilted, retro or self-conscious, but creatively inevitable. Embroidery, when it is framed here, is not constrained, but contained. The maker's hand may be evident, not hidden in the neutrality of perfect execution - or maybe there is no hand producing the work, but a machine. Mistakes and imperfections are celebrated. Embroidery becomes drawing, or challenges paint."

Featuring in No Rules: Rediscovering Embroidery are makers from around New Zealand including Amanda A'Hara, JB Bones, Seb Clarke, Tori Ferguson, Megan Hansen-Knarhoi, Annie Mackenzie, Angela Meyer, Athina Moisa, Katherine Morrison, Diana Parkes, Rachelle Pedersen, Wendy Randall, Shona Rapira Davies, Rose Marie Salmon, Jo Torr, Ronnie van Hout, Rosie White and Roxanna Zamani.

No Rules: Rediscovering Embroidery is curated for Objectspace by well known writer, media personality and commentator Rosemary McLeod. An expert in the field of textiles, with a life-long passion for the subject, McLeod is the author of the 2006 Montana award winning Thrift to Fantasy: Home Textile Crafts of the 1930s - 1950s and has contributed an in-depth essay for the Objectspace publication accompanying No Rules.

The NoRules: Rediscovering Embroidery print publication is available for sale at Objectspace and also as a free download.

No Rules was featured in Artnews Summer 2008 issue - download article here.