|Sally Burdon opening 'Here and There' at BAC|
|Admirers of Sharon People's work|
|Entry to the exhibition - works by Rogers, Peoples and Ryder|
|Shibori textiles by Barbara Rogers|
|View of my work with People's work on the left and Rogers' on the right|
My latest work shown here are textiles that I started in Malaysia on my Asialink Arts Residency at Rimbun Dahan in 2013, then subsequently finished once I got back to Australia. Whilst over there, I was finishing stitching some large panels I had started here for an exhibition called Natural Wonders as part of the Canberra Centenary. Sitting stitching large naturally dyed textiles whose plants had been sourced from Pialligo and Aranda, I had the idea for the Here and There exhibition because it seemed incongruous to me that I was far away from home, but making work about the four seasons in a hot and humid country thousands of kilometers away. Similarly over the last year or so I have been finishing off the work I started in Malaysia, thinking about place and people, the landscape and the history.
|Series of 'bandages' entitled 'Valley of Hope Ara' by Julie Ryder|
Many of these textiles have been naturally dyed with plants from the wonderful garden planted by Angela Hijjas at Rimbun Dahan. Some of them were dyed then post-mordant printed, others were printed with mordants before-hand and dyed later. By printing with mordants first, you can create some wonderful colours all from the one dyebath. This is the basis of the workshops that I often teach around the country for textile or craft retreats. Details of these workshops can be found here
The format of these long textiles stems from my research into the history of Sungai Buloh, the closest town to Rimbun Dahan. I have found some subsequent information online here:
"...At its height, the settlement had more than 2,000 residents, its own school, police force, places of worship, library, theatre, and even currency. Inspired by the “garden city” movement of the 19th century, it came to be known as “The Valley of Hope”. So pleasant was it, that even when effective treatment became available, many former patients chose to stay.
Although a large proportion of the sufferers were ethnic Chinese, the settlement was also home to Indians, Malays, Javanese, Eurasians and indigenous people. Whatever their race, religion or class, they shared a common bond in being outcasts from society at large. The result was probably the most diverse yet harmonious community Malaysia has ever seen..."
So this started me thinking about the bandages that are still knitted today by volunteers all over the world to help bandage the limbs of these afflicted people. Apparently knitted cotton bandages are softer and more cushioning that manufactured ones. In my "bandages" I have included iconography from Christianity and Islam to reference the harmony that coexisted within the Valley of Hope. The series of striped bandages reference the 'ara' found on the left and right hand sides of the pua kumbu woven cloths of the indigenous Iban of Borneo. I had the wonderful experience of staying for a few days with the weavers from Rumah Garie in 2012 where we participated in their ngar ceremony for mordanting all their cotton warps for the next two years of ikat weaving.
|Detail of 'Valley of Hope Ara' by Julie Ryder|
In addition I made four textile artworks entitled 'Budaya lintasan', or 'crossing cultures' that have been mordant printed, appliqued and stitched then stretched over canvas.
|'Budaya lintasan' series of textiles|