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Beautiful Stitches

See a very special display of Mary Brown’s embroidered works from 2000 – 2019. Mary is one of Australia’s internationally renowned embroiderers known for her expertise in goldwork, embroidery using metal threads, and her use of embroidery and embellishment on fashion garments.

Goldwork dates back more than a thousand years and has traditionally featured in military costumes, churchwork and royal costumes. Contemporary goldwork designs are used in the fashion industry and interior design.

Mary is the author of the book Goldwork Embroidery featuring a history of goldwork in the West as well as 15 projects in the luxurious art.

On display will be early works created for assessment at the Royal School of Needlework in the UK as well as pieces designed for her book. Other works in the exhibition have been in response to fashion, or are her take on medieval beliefs and culture. Mary also creates works that are just pure embellishment for fashion.

About Mary Brown

Mary Brown has had a visual arts background since graduating from National Art School in 1969. She taught Visual Arts in Senior Secondary Colleges for more than two decades. In her own creative practice she painted and printed. Embroidery became of enormous interest to her once Art Wearables were introduced into the HSC Visual Arts syllabus. From 2007 to 2017 Mary was a sessional lecturer in the Fashion and Textile Department at the University of Technology Sydney.

Mary will teach a Studio workshop in Goldwork on
Sunday August 18, details to come.