Joy Harvey

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The choice to pursue textiles as a medium has been inspired by travels in Europe. I am enamoured with the idea of clothing walls in textile art!

Attendance at the Plymouth School of Art (Devon, UK) introduced me to textiles as a medium, and in due course, Contemporary Reverse Applique as a technique.

Contemporary Reverse Applique involves the careful layering of fabrics before stitching them together into a design & then cutting sections away, creating a relief effect. Further embellishing with beads, embroidery, paint or braids result in a highly textured and complex cloth.

I work to a theme and aim to imbue each artwork with some deeper meaning, symbol or story.  It is a truth that we take our familiar surroundings for granted without really LOOKING at the beauty we are surrounded by.  This truth directs a lot of my work and is why the city of Adelaide is my consistent source of inspiration. Recently my work has focussed on the relationship between urban living and the natural environment.

I am a currently a member of the Fibre Artists Network and a Fellow of The Royal South Australian Society of Arts.