Piecework and Keep Care in the Walker and Hall Waiheke Art Award 2022

Really excited to have two of my works make the finals of the Walker and Hall Waiheke Art Award for 2022, visit the link for full details including the full catalogue here.

Piecework 2022 Angela Rowe, detail.

My practice focuses on care activities and textiles that remind us of shared experiences that form identity and become memory.

Piecework 2022 Angela Rowe, detail.

Piecework, an exploded book, has drawings of ceramic fragments my daughter found and collected, creating a narrative between the objects as she reassembled them. These ceramic fragments have featured in my work a number of times, as objects themselves and as images for drawing.

Piecework 2022 Angela Rowe, detail.

Keep Care is a pair of handmade tea towels, embroidered with objects I’ve found and saved with my nana and my children.

Keep Care, 2022, Angela Rowe detail of the golden oyster.

Both of these works are on textiles I have hand dyed with avocado skins and stones, a process that I refined during 2020, it takes two to three days, to produce a reliable die bath and treat the textiles. Every batch while consistently brewed produces colour variation and is unique, separate batches of avocado stones produces a stunning pink – peach colour, whereas the avocado skins give a darker, more tannin hue.

Keep Care, 2022, Angela Rowe detail of the dragonfly from Mair Park.
Keep Care, 2022, Angela Rowe.

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