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Stephanie Campbell.

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.

Stephanie Campbell. Afternoon Tea with Ida and Bessie.

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’