Ferry Park Gallery Artist of the Month for November is shared between Pam Le Couteur and Alison Merrin.
Sewing has always been a big part of Pam’s life, but the last 20 years she has grown to enjoy silk ribbon embroidery and stumpwork, which is three dimensional embroidery. These different forms of embroidery take endless hours to complete, especially stumpwork, with some taking several years to complete one. Pam enjoys teaching ribbon embroidery as this is becoming a dying art form and mainly used to embellish a piece of work, whereas she prefers to create works to frame which can be hung. Her silk ribbon pieces can be in the form of freehand, where she creates her own design, or by using printed silk panels as a base to embroider & embellish. New items she is trying for the first time are pendants and cards, both with silk ribbon embroider on the front, the cards can be framed so saving the special occasion the card was received for.
Originally from the UK, Alison moved to Gulmarrad from the Gold Coast nearly 7 years ago, when soon after she joined the Maclean Patchwork & Quilters Group where she learnt the art of patchwork. She has won several prizes at the Lower Clarence Arts, Crafts & Quilts Exhibition, winning two first prize places in her first attempt. Alison learned to sew by watching her grandmother as a child, progressing from making dolls clothes to making her own, in later years making elaborate wedding dresses. Patchwork & quilting has long been on her to do list and with this display she has achieved it.
This display has a wide range of items for sale so well worth a visit, remember it’s never too early to start Christmas shopping. You are sure to pick up something special for young and old from an original silk ribbon pendant or a tradition rag doll. Ferry Park is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm. For more photographs and information visit the website www.ferrypark.org or facebook: Ferry Park Gallery