Subterranean: Australian response with Charlotte Sehmisch
Artists dig deep for Subterranean exhibition.
Nine Australian textile artists have produced remarkable works in felt to honour the work of innovative German feltmaker Charlotte Sehmisch for Subterranean, a new exhibition opening at Newcastle’s Timeless Textiles in July.
Sehmisch studied architecture in Weiner, Germany, before studying fashion in Halie. Since 1998, she has worked as a fashion and hat designer, created stage outfits, including hand-made felt hats and dresses, and taught at various European colleges. Her highly original sculptural techniques have attracted attention, with her work widely exhibited in Germany and France.
Sehmisch has worked with felt, other textiles and even building materials during her career to create her amazing work. She has used techniques such as lamellae, cracks, chambers and helixes to create architecturally based felt structures. Her approach is based in geometric designs.
“I presume my love for sculptural surfaces, three dimensional objects and geometrics has its origins in my architecture studies,” says Charlotte of her approach. “I am a huge fan of Bauhaus.”
The feltmakers invited to respond to Sehmisch’s work for the Subterranean exhibition were given the freedom to apply their own interpretation and felt-making techniques.
Timeless Textiles owner, Anne Kempton, was one of the contributing artists.
“The exhibition explores ideas of land and of layers through the medium of felt,” Kempton said. “Subterraneanhas been interpreted in many ways: geologically, socially, emotionally and structurally.”
TheSubterranean felt makers include Anne Kempton, Anita Larkin, Julie Brennan, Giselle Penn, Sachiko Kotaka, Jessica Forster, Catherine OLeary, Pam Hovel and Pam de Groot.
Subterranean runs from 11 July to 5 August, with the opening from 6 to 8pm on Thursday 12 July.