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Dijanne Cevaal

I am a full time  textile artist who dyes and prints her own fabric and constructs it into quilted and stitched textile hangings. I also make fabric for sale.

I teach many of the processes I incorporate in my work.
I am an author of instructional books in relation to quilting and design
I am also passionate about travel and am presently a creative guide for Syria for Creative Arts Safaris, also a TAFA member.

Artist's statement:  My quilts are a product of a lifelong engagement with textiles, the mobility of the stitch, the interaction of colour created by dyeing and printing, and the creation of stories. As a small child I built constructions that were stitched and embroidered and this love of embroidery continued through my teenage and adult years. I have  a Masters degree In Visual Art(textiles) from  Charles Sturt University, NSW which has pushed me to examine the textile surface in a more immediate way, not simply as a vehicle for imagery, but a return to the touch and textuality of textiles, its intimacy and its narrative content.

All the fabrics in my work are hand dyed, and I employ simple printing techniques to create original one-off fabrics used in my work. I love simple resist techniques such as folding and tieing, having fallen in love with the indigo cloth of West Africa. I tend to work in fairly simple colour contrasts though the cloth I use is often complex in the colours they contain. Stitching both by machine and hand are important elements, as is the creation of texture. My work is much inspired by the Australian landscape, and in particular the Otways, where I worked and lived with my children.

In the past 10 years I have been curating traveling exhibitions, that have travelled mostly to Europe and the Middle East.  My travels have opened up a whole new world of textiles- the Middle East was a treasure trove of textiles made by hand in time honoured ways- they were stunning and they have offered plenty of inspiration for future work.

Location: itinerant but Australian
Memberships: Fiberconnection
Languages spoken: English, Dutch, some French, some German some Italian

"Teapots Variation" by Dijanne Cevaal

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Tags:  Art quilt, stitching, dyeing, printing, teaching, travelling, printing, embroidery

1 comment:

“Drive a nail home and clinch it so faithfully that you can wake up in the night and think of your work with satisfaction,- a work at which you would not be ashamed to invoke the Muse”
-Henry David Thoreau

In our case, it would be the needle or other fiber tool. Drive it home! And, we all thank you for your words, left here to these good folks. Invoke your Muse!


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