Cross stitch art workshops

Creating cross stitch examples of some my hand-drawn designs for several Connect the Dots – art making workshops for older people, happening this month.

So looking forward to seeing the designs the groups will draw and stitch up!

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Cross stitch project in textile exhibition

The first part of the cross stitch project with my mum Doris Tsui is now showing in a textile exhibition at Corban Estate Arts Centre in Auckland, curated by Cora Allan Wickliffe.

This project features the tartan pattern found on mass produced Hong Kong Shopper or Ahmah bags. It represents over 22,000 cross stitches and over 200 hours of stitching.

The exhibition runs from 26th July until 15th September.

A colourist weaving

I have been weaving for the past year and enjoy exploring the interplay of colours through weaving. I currently weave on a New Zealand made four shaft loom and source yarns from New Zealand mill.

Here are a selection of hand woven commissions from 2018 to March 2019. These weavings are well travelled and now reside in Paris, London, USA, Australia and Aotearoa.

Weaving commissions 2018 – 2019 by Kathryn Tsui

Cross stitch translation

My Mum Doris Tsui is an avid cross stitcher so I asked her to translate the tartan pattern from the common ‘Hong Kong Shopper’ into a cross stitch. We are currently stitching the different colour variations of these mass produced bags which is a time intensive process.

Although cross stitch is known as a hobby craft stitch, it is also thought to be the oldest form of hand embroidery and can be found throughout the world, similarly these affordable bags can be seen around the world in airport, market places and laundromats.

Commonly known as Ahmah (domestic servant) bags in Hong Kong. This cross stitch project with my Mum has a somewhat biographical link. As a family we lived in Hong Kong from 1978 to 1982. My Father is originally from Hong Kong and my Mum is second generation New Zealand born Chinese.

Kathryn and Doris Tsui, Ahmah bags (2018)

Overlapping – Tea paintings

This new series of watercolours began while researching dyes made with natural materials and kitchen waste.

These works on paper are painted with layers of Ceylon, fruit and herbal teas.

The first tea plant was thought to be taken to Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) in 1824 while a Crown Colony by the British from China. It was planted in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradenyia, Kandy.

Celebration exhibition at Corban Estate Arts Centre

Great to be part of the 15 Years on The Estate at Corban Estate Arts Centre from 15 December – 11 February 2018. The exhibition celebrates their 15th year as a creative hub and features artists who have contributed to the Centre.

With artists Anne-Sophie Adelys, Anton Parsons, Andrew Hall, Bernie Harfleet, Chiara Corbelletto, David McCracken, Donna Sarten, Elliot Collins, Evan Woodruffe, Flox, Gabby O’Connor, Giles Smith, Jeff Thomson, Jermaine Reihana, John Edgar, Judy Darragh, Katie Smith, Kathryn Tsui, Kairava Gullatz, Kevin Osmond, Mandy Patmore, Martin Selman, Nate Savill, Pacifica Mamas, Peter Lange, Peata Larkin, Ruth Woodbury, Stephen Woodward and Tony Brown.

My role at Corban Estate was often about making art more accessible and for the exhibition I selected this graph paper collage. ‘hourglass’ (2017) reflects my interest in the inclusive status that collage and quilt making can share, they are both generally made with everyday materials and methods. The frame itself is based on the contrast found patchwork patterns