Edna embraces the magic of working with natural wools in her art practice. Here is her short bio in her own words:
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.
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 a lot on clothing in the era of our great grandmothers and our grandmothers.
Brought Back to Life can be found with more information on the gallery web shop. https://fromoutofthebluestudiogallery.com/product/brought-back-to-life-edna-stuart/