COLLECT - You Blow Me Away

In May 2012 I was selected out of approximately 70 applicants to exhibit in the Project Space at COLLECT, the Saatchi Gallery, London. This exhibition, run by The Crafts Council aims to showcase the best in contemporary craft of museum quality from around the world. I spent 6 intense months creating 5x large embroidered artworks on canvas, linen and quilted taffeta using a range of techniques. These 5 pieces titled 'You Blow Me Away' were exhibited in a sequence and within 3 days, 4 had sold!  

COLLECT statement:

"In this series of 5 works I am exploring the notion of movement by intuitively creating explosive, organic designs. I attempt to produce embroidery that despite its labour intensive and finickety nature, has immediate dynamic impact.

This sequence is inspired by the odyssey of the humble Tumbleweed fracturing at it's roots, randomly travelling through the dry landscape of my mind and into one of the most exciting galleries in London. As the wind blows this tragicomic Tumbleweed along, symbolic of humourless desolation, it develops and grows in intensity, dresses up for the occasion and demands attention as if generating its own energetic force or electricity.

I created these embroideries from intricate designs on paper into stitch, drawing with a basic but strong sewing machine. Detailed painting and complex applique and embroidery have then been added layer by layer.

I am passionate about exploring exciting colour combinations, neon, metallic and reflective materials which subtly react with light. I attempt to push the boundaries of the classic and ornate, versus flamboyant kitsch.

I hope that this series illustrates both the roller coaster journey of creativity, the many possibilities of an idea and the challenging processes I have developed in my practice as a 'contemporary embroideress' with a twist."


Collect - Saatchi
Collect - Saatchi
Collect - Saatchi
Collect - Saatchi
Collect - Saatchi
Collect - Saatchi
Collect - Saatchi
Collect - Saatchi
Collect - Saatchi
Collect - Saatchi
Louise Gardiner - COLLECT - Saatchi Gallery