Dressing gown (1935) (detail)
silk, wool, cotton, viscose rayon, metal thread
128.0 cm (centre back) 51.0 cm (sleeve length)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Mrs Annie C. Champion, 1989
Pins and Needles brings together contemporary, historical, functional, wearable and purely decorative works from the National Gallery of Victoria's Australian Fashion and Textiles collection. Exploring a diverse range of textile techniques, the exhibition includes everything from quilting, embroidery and screenprinting, to weaving, crochet, knitting and beyond. The range of works gathered in this exhibition celebrate the richness of our local textile design heritage. Many of the distinctive and innovative approaches taken by Australian textile artists past and present are highlighted.
The selected works capture the many levels of textile creation and transformation. Some artists have started with fibres and used a combination of processes to construct a piece, incorporating knots, stitches, loops and weaves. Others have begun on a fabric ground which they embellish, dissolve, dye or print using a variety of methods.