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Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia born 1939

Shawl 2000 Place made: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Materials & Technique: costume and dress, shawls, woven superfine wool and silk

Dimensions: 213.0 h x 78.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2001
Accession No: NGA 2001.145

Jenny Turner is known for the refined, gradated colourings of her loom-woven wool and silk fabrics, giving them a sense of having faded with long use. This shawl shows her control of a complex dyeing process in which the fabric's warp threads reveal gradated shifts of colour, in the manner of South-East Asian ikat textiles. Turner's work is distinguished by its low-keyed colour and the manipulation of the thread structure to build texture into the fabric. These qualities are enhanced when the shawl is worn, allowing colour and pattern to shift direction, echoing the construction of the fabric's weave. 

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra