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)
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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

Graph paper collages

These graph paper collages explore the optical quality of graph paper upon itself and quilt patterns. Graph paper is typically used at the preparatory design stage for many textile crafts it is not seen in the final work but essential in its inception. I am interested in the accessible and inclusive status that collage and patchworking share. Both are typically made with everyday materials and methods.

Crash ‘Collidoscope’ Series in Waikato University Collection Exhibition

Subsets

October 2015 – February 2016

Calder & Lawson Gallery, Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato.

Featuring works by Jude Broughan, Judy Darragh, Max Gimblett, Kerry Ann Lee, Saffron Te Ratana, Campbell Smith, Jill Sorensen, Kathryn Tsui, Paul van den Bergh, and Sarah Williams.

Subsets draws upon the University of Waikato Art Collection to present pieces that have multiple conversing elements, and also make visual connections to ‘talk’ with other sets or pairs within the exhibition.