Stephanie has many years of experience creating – here she describes her own creative life in her Artist’s statement
Stephanie Campbell’s practice is eclectic and quirky inasmuch as there is no particular consistent theme being explored and her work is often in response to the mores of the day. It lifts references from an inherent knowledge and understanding of the history of textiles to create an idiosyncratic and spasmodic body of work . Hand embroidery techniques through to collage and assemblage are considered, each discipline then being used or combined to enhance a narrative of the moment. This currency of the everyday allows Campbell to capture random ideas and give them renewed emphasis, thus offering the viewer a fresh perspective.
Here is Stephanie’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.
Afternoon Tea with Ida and Bessie
The history of domestic embroidery around tray/tabletop doilies invariably uses illustrations of flowers, gardens and the like. The doilies in this soft sculpture have been reinterpreted as the flowers themselves, in an homage to my grandmothers, Ida Connell and Elizabeth (Bessie) Campbell, and the many, many women whose hours of needle, stitches and thread have decorated the domestic linens we now look to with nostalgia.
Here are a few images of the process of creating this delightful work.
More details of this intricate and thoughtful work are available on the webshop site: https://fromoutofthebluestudiogallery.com/product/afternoon-tea-with-ida-and-bessie-stephanie-campbell/
CV for Stephanie Campbell
Stephanie – Artist’s statement
1980-90s – member of Auckland Embroiderers Guild with work accepted for contemporary national exhibitions
Early 1980s – exhibitor in several annual ‘Wearable Art’ shows held at Compendium Gallery, Devonport, Auckland
1985 – ‘Touchstone’ – group exhibition with 6 embroiderers at ‘Trappings’ gallery, Karangahape Rd
1990 – included in ‘Fabrications – Works by Forty New Zealand Fibre Artists’ by Anne Nicholas
1993 – ‘Pocketful of Posies’ – solo papier mache exhibition at ‘Gallery on One’, Puhoi, Northland
1996 – Participant in ‘Under Southern Skies’- the exhibition mounted at The Barbican, London UK, as the culmination of two master classes on design under the aegis of Creative New Zealand. (Subsequently was toured through some NZ centres.)
1997 – project designer for ‘Exploring Elizabethan Embroidery’ published by Georgeson Publishing Ltd
2002 – Combined Textiles Guild of NZ – Exhibition, Rotorua
2006 – Architectural Drawing, Painting & Photography Challenge, Mairangi Arts Centre
2008 – NZ Embroiderers Guild national exhibition – Awarded Judges Prize for ‘Innovation and Challenge’