Artist Louise Saxton finds good use for all of the small bits of fabric and tulle that otherwise go to waste from various textile arts. Saxton says, “My work draws on and reinterprets the domestic-art traditions which I was surrounded with growing up – such as knitting, crochet, embroidery and quilting…My current body of work reinterprets natural history and botanical paintings, reflecting the potential loss, of both species within the natural world and traditions within the home.”
The meticulously placed bits of fabric form a delightful texture and detail to Saxton's creations, as she puts a modern spin on a more traditional practice. Saxton chooses this particular medium because she says, “There is a growing concern among artists to work towards a more sustainable practice by not continually consuming new materials. This idea also fits with the theme of ‘momentum' and moving forward, while still regarding the past.”
A series of her work, called Sanctuary, is at the Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne through July 29, 2012.