Edna has many years of experience creating – here she describes her own creative life:
My aim when young was doing my best with handwork, which started with an embroidered cloth being shown around every state in Australia.
With dressmaking, embroidery, knitting skills, I settled in New Zealand married, had a family of boys .
In 1985 a whole new dimension came about learning to use a spinning wheel, using a raw fleece, dying, knitting, felting, adding silk, also using the wool for embroidery.
In 1992 received a quality mark for my spinning through Creative Fibre.
In 1995 I started to felt doing a weeks course with a Danish Felter, what a wonderful art form, I was inspired.
That same year at the Invercargill Creative Fibre Wool Festival, I won the Black and Coloured Wool Award, also the Supreme Award for a Hand spun and knitted coat. In the following years received several awards for knitting, felting ,silk work.
I had the opportunity in the following years to enthuse, teach, help many “Wooly” artists to achieve a higher standard in spinning, knitting, felting .
I still enjoy my “Fibre Art “. working to a high standard, striving to do the best , most of all enjoying my challenges.
Here is Edna’s statement about her work in the ‘Made Over- Preserving & Reinterpreting Exhibition’ on at ‘from out of the blue studio gallery’ until May 10th 2021.
Brought Back to Life
Aged crochet doilies and lace edgings from my mother and the aunties, from the early 1900’s, are used in “ Brought back to life” to enhance the New Zealand Koru. Mixed in is the wide aged lace used alot on clothing in the era of our great grandmothers and our grandmothers.
The hand felted wall hanging made of Corriedale wool and white silk carded together, hand felted cord Koru, the crochet cake doilies, trimmed into flowers, the wide aged lace, trimmed to beautify the green of the Koru.
More details of this delightful work are available on the webshop site: https://fromoutofthebluestudiogallery.com/product/brought-back-to-life-edna-stuart/