Petite has become a highlight of Wangaratta Art Gallery’s program and 2022 marks the twelfth anniversary since the inaugural exhibition. This exhibition presents the foremost small-scale contemporary textile artworks from practicing contemporary practitioners.
Exploration of a diverse range of techniques and ideas, from colour, texture, and decoration to social, political, and environmental issues - assuring textiles’ place in the realm of the visual arts.
Wangaratta has a long and prominent history of textiles, both in manufacturing and as a craft form. Wangaratta Art Gallery builds upon this unique tradition through the presentation of not only our biennial Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award but also our Petite Miniature Textiles, continuing to recognise the high calibre practice of Australian artists.
‘I knew from a very early age that I wanted to become a jeweller. In 1987 I began my Bachelor of Design at the University of South Australia and majored in Jewellery and Metalsmithing graduating at the end of 1990. Today I work as a full-time maker and Gallery owner. It really is a dream come true.’
Lulu Geraghty is a Brisbane based textile artist and printmaker. She has been exhibiting between Australia and the US since 2019. Working primarily with felt, crochet and lino print, her work draws from feminist, domestic and environmental themes. She enjoys the soft textures of wool and incorporates found objects to create confronting and whimsical forms.
Christina Darras is an interdisciplinary artist and a jewellery designer. Her practice unfolds through various mediums: painting, drawing, embroidery, printmaking, craft, and installations. The materiality she uses serves the message to communicate. She is researching issues of blurred identity, unknown value, and places of not belonging.
"My practice aims to reveal and satisfy the fundamental need to understand and articulate the world around me and the creative process. A body of work generally starts by investigating materials (fibres, discarded textiles, found objects, waste and plant materials) and traditional manual techniques (crochet, embroidery and basketry techniques). I work intuitively, rigorously and experimentally, producing lots of samples. During this intense, immersive and laborious process, there’s time and space to think clearly, and this is when inspiration, ideas and stories appear. From these, I create sculptural objects that become devices for storytelling and often have embedded messages."
Image: Jane BOWDEN, Lost Birds, 2021, cotton sewing thread, sterling silver stick pins, yellow diamonds, size variable.