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.
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