Tailored tapestry treasures

Garden Box jacket

I’m sure many of you have shared my urge to rescue those discarded needlepoint canvases at the back of the charity shop. All that work and only $10?! But the question is always, what do I do with them once I get them home?

Country Life waistcoat






Jenny Ramos  has turned her eccentric finds  into beautiful tailored treasures.

Gallery Coat by Jenny Ramos

The artists own words

My artwork pays homage to the anonymous women who laboured for many hours to produce beautiful and intricate stitched handiwork to adorn their homes or for gift giving to family and friends, only to later have their work discarded or donated to charity shops when no longer fashionable to own, when downsizing or on death. By using their tapestries to make wearable garments my art allows those anonymous women’s skills to be appreciated once again and puts their labour into another context beyond the domestic and decorative.

Eccentric mosaics by Elizabeth Ports

The exhibition is a group show called Waste Not Want Not and is at Pepper St Art Centre, Burnside.

The artists use a wide range of recycled materials to make lovely objects including jewellery, textiles, furniture, sculpture, clothing and lots more.

The SALA Festival

Every August South Australians of all ages and interests, both in cities and country towns visit galleries, community halls, libraries and shops to celebrate the South Australian Living Artists Festival or SALA.

This year there are over 650 sites participating.

I urge you to pick up a SALA catalogue from your library or coffee shop and check out what’s on show near and far. Its a lovely way to explore the state, support local artists and see some amazing work from a diverse community of makers.

Here are some of the other exhibitions I intend to check out:

  • Cheryl Bridgart – machine embroidery of  beautifully quirky portraits. Beltana House 364 Carrington St, Adelaide.
  • Sarah Roth – Jewellery, Shop 29 Regent Arcade Rundle Mall
  • Jenny Worthington – large figurative painting, 20 The Parade West Kent Town
  • Trent Blucher – original cosy cushions, Five Little Figs 248 The Parade Norwood
  • Jacinta Rooney – small abstract paintings, 52 Winston Ave Clarence Gardens

Then for a country drive and a stop off at the local wineries:

  • David Hamilton – sculptures of flora and fauna, 279 Skewers Rd, Goolwa
  • Gail Kennett, hand painted lino cuts of landscapes, Penny’s Hill Winery, McLaren Vale.
  • Surface – an exhibition of textiles focussing on surface. Port MacDonnell Community Arts Gallery 5-7 Charles St

In the meantime if you want to read more about ingenious approaches to rescuing needlepoint, please read on:


Felt and embroidered head by Deborah Maynard

See you at SALA and in the meantime, happy stitching!




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