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Maryborough, Victoria Australia born 1949

9 June, 1949

Repair Series 2001 Description: Flower 1, Flower 2, Singlet 1, Pink repair
Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: textiles, jacquard-woven cotten, linen and wool Acknowledgement: Purchased 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.17.1-4

Liz Williamson's intensely coloured and textured woven textiles - shawls, scarves and wraps - envelop and transform the wearer, allowing intimate encounters with the fabric's lush tactility. Her recent works investigate the life of less elegant, but equally personal, domestic fabrics and the physical effects of wear and tear - disintegration, fraying and fading - and the subsequent transformation of these materials through repairs such as patching and darning. This work is part of a series of textiles, handwoven on a computerised Jacquard loom from digitised, close-up images of such repairs.1 As the individual stitches of darning build new texture and prolong the life of a fabric, their digital images form the building blocks of these new textiles. Through this process, the craft of necessity becomes an abstracted shadow of experience, celebrating continuity and change.

1 Williamson's Jacquard Project was undertaken during 1999-2001 at Le Centre des Textiles Contemporains de Montréal in Montreal, Canada, with assistance from the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the University of New South Wales.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra