Exhibition review: ebb & flow

I was delighted to get to the Untethered group exhibition entitled ‘ebb & flow’ this week.  The group currently consists of 23 members, some of whom are also members of Primrose Paper Arts.  So today I am delighted to bring you a sample of some of these pieces, showing the versatility of our members.

Elaine Witton:


Continuous Life, 71 x 28cm. Watercolour and acrylic inks, handmade paper, hand stitching on cotton fabric.

Artist statement:


The experience of seeing the ebb and flow of the ocean along the coastline of the South Island of New Zealand inspired me to create this piece.
I have recreated the mood that this image evoked, the regeneration of life in the rhythm of the sea, its movement and its ever changing colours.
The words of my haiku ‘sit’ on the waves, their meaning conveying the mood while at the same time forming part of the image.  Then, by looking beyond them, the focus changes and the imagery of the ocean comes alive.
As with the ocean and a shoreline this piece needs close inspection to see components that aren’t visible from afar.

Barbara Schey:


Life Was Not Meant to be Easy, 2.8m x 3m. Silk organza, shibori dyed

Artist statement:

The textured path in this piece parallels my life experiences.  The ‘highs’ and ‘lows’, which are universal to us all, inspired the red and black bubbles.  It was quite cathartic to find the red (positive) symbols, definitely outnumbered the black (negative) symbols to a significant degree.
The textured background is indicative of our surrounding world with all its joys and troubles with which we must cope on a daily basis in order to survive.

Brenda Livermore:


Gifts From the Sea, installation. Hemp, paper, silk, linen. Vessels of knotless netting/looping.

Artist statement:

These woven vessels explore my experience of being by the sea.

Becoming aware of the rhythm of the ocean, the way it draws you in and stops time.
The motion of the waves.
Lines marked in the sand, myriad shells and travel worn stones.
The intricate shapes of scattered or piled seaweed that delight the eye and offend the nose.
The perfect shaped stone that has rolled about the ocean floor for many years to end up perfectly fitting that little hollow in the centre of your palm.

Finding treasures that call a siren song and demand that I take them home, sort them in to like shapes, colours, textures, handle them, draw them, be calmed and inspired by them.
They hold a little bit of magic that happens along the edge of the sea.
These vessels in the colours of the coast, represent that desire/compulsion to collect and possess a reminder of that inner peace we feel at the ocean’s edge.


Close up view showing the variety of effects achieved with this knotless netting technique.

Photographs and introduction – Claire Brach
(Lighting in some areas of the venue caused difficulty in obtaining accurate colours when photographing)
Artist statements by the individual artists

About Claire B

I'm a passionate printmaker, paper-maker and a poor sketcher (which I'm working to improve). I've stitched from early childhood and am a perpetual student, loving learning and participating in everything creative.
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