Where craft meets art

CROSS OVER: A work by Olivia Parsonage, who will exhibit at The Lock-Up this month with other local artists. Picture: supplied
CROSS OVER: A work by Olivia Parsonage, who will exhibit at The Lock-Up this month with other local artists. Picture: supplied

OLIVIA Parsonage is one of 50 Hunter Valley artists who will exhibit works at The Lock-Up this month in an exhibition titled The Lock-Up Collect. 

The exhibition, which opens on March 21 and runs until March 30, will offer art lovers the opportunity to purchase high quality art from some of the region's most accomplished artists. 

Parsonage works primarily in textiles and brings crafting techniques - hand sewing and machine sewing - into the realm of the fine arts to produce and present textile-based art. 

The works are stitched, flattened and then mounted on paper and challenge notions about the line between "art" and "craft".  

"The works  kind of imitate drawing or painting," Parsonage said. "I want it to be read not as textile art."

Parsonage has been influenced by surrealism and plays with colour, shapes, lines and textures through the works. 

Exhibition

THE Lock-Up Collect will open on March 21 and run until March 30 and will feature art works from more than 50 local artists.

Exhibiting artists include: Nick Barlow, Nicki Bates, Michael Bell, Gillian Benke, Sally Bourke, Tim Buchanan, Lyndal Campbell, Rob Cleworth, Dale Collier, Dino Consalvo, Lottie Consalvo, Jen Denzin, James Drinkwater, Helen Dunkley, Sophia Emmett, Jono Everett, Peter Gardiner, Lucas Grogan, Ellie Hannon, Oliver Harlan, John Heaney, Ileigh Hellier, Doug Heslop, Warwick Heywood, Marlene Houston, Belinda Howden, Ellie Kaufmann, Ben Kenning, Jane Lander, Peter Lankas, Jen Lanz, Helen Leane, Paul Maher, Dani Marti, Brett McMahon, Eddie Milan, Lydia Miller, Olivia Parsonage, Mel Pegg, Brett Piva, Una Rey, Braddon Snape, Ann Snell, Andrew Styan, Penny Thwaite, Lezlie Tilley, Matthew Tome, Shan Turner Carroll, Gavin Vitullo, Bride Watt, Clare Weeks, Ahn Wells, Kara Wood, and Vera Zulumovski. 

Works will be available for sale. The after party, Mayhem and Madness, is a fundraiser to be held on March 30.

Tickets and more information: thelockup.org.au