Art forms from nature


Art forms from nature

ARTIST Chris Robson is taking her artwork to new dimensions inside her Koonwarra studio.

The skilled embroiderer started her craft in 2003 when she moved to South Gippsland from Canberra five years prior.

“I had always enjoyed sewing but I had not touched it in years and wanted to get into it again and try something different,” she said.

“I trained in clothing design and production at Canberra Institute of Technology before working for a clothing manufacturer and opening my open screen printing business so I knew bits and pieces but I was looking to challenge myself.”

Ms Robson drew from her surroundings on the Great Southern Rail Trail and started producing detailed bird and native fauna illustrations on her sewing machine.

“I have always had an interest in birds and life in the garden from the very beginning of my work,” Ms Robson said.

“Living where I do is great for my work because I am always coming across beautiful inspiration and ideas in nature.”

Always looking to push herself in her craft, the former teacher recently started turning her works into three dimensional vessels.

“I took part in a workshop with an artist who created vessels and I adapted it to my works and changed my approach,” Ms Robson said.

“I hand dye a lot of my fabrics and I enjoy playing with colour which I find pretty instinctive.”

Ms Robson first quilts her hand dyed fabric onto thick felt before machine embroidering images of native wildlife and flowers onto the panels. She often appliqués the animals to make them appear three dimensional, popping out of the panels.

From there Ms Robson stitches the panels together to form vessels in various shapes resembling vases and pots.

“It is a very tactile activity and I enjoy working with my hands. It is really intense work and I can spend long hours on each piece. Often it takes a couple of months to complete a vessel,” she said.

“I have based my recent vessels on ceramics so I have used a sheer organza to make it shine like a ceramic pot.”

Ms Robson is currently completing her first six sided vessel which she hopes to enter in an art exhibition in Castlemaine.


Home studio: Chris Robson produces extraordinary embroidered vessels in her studio in Koonwarra.

Home studio: Chris Robson produces extraordinary embroidered vessels in her studio in Koonwarra.

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