Fabric, Gina Ermer

Gina Ermer

Artist Statement

I grew up in Newcastle and moved to Sydney in the 1980’s to study fashion design. It soon became clear that my primary interest was on textiles and surface design. I worked in various commercial textile design studios in both the fashion and home furnishings industries for ten years before moving into teaching at Tafe and University. In 2005 I received my Master of Art and Design Education from The College of Fine Arts.

Over the years I have dabbled in painting, ceramics, drawing, sculpture and textiles in an attempt to discover my personal expression and the appropriate medium with which to execute that expression.

I currently have two branches to my studio practice, screen-printing and natural dyeing. My screen-printed work is derived from my own drawings and focuses on bold shapes and eye catching colour combinations.

My dyed pieces on the other hand use natural fabrics and natural dyes, which create marks on fabric using shibori techniques. I am fascinated by the combination of the predetermined and experimental nature of the process when applied to different textures and weights of fabrics. Unpredictable patterns and tertiary colours are achieved that are automatically harmonious in nature. Some pieces become garments whilst others are more suited to soft furnishings or art works.

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