On Edge

Textile work by C. Lemmer

An exhibition of textile works by South African artists is opening next Wednesday (10 October) at the KZNSA Gallery in Durban. The exhibition is titled Edge and I am happy to say that some of my work will be on display.

If you happen to be in the area, the address of the KZNSA Gallery is 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban. Telephone +27 (0)31 277 1705. And the website is http://www.kznsagallery.co.za/

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Fibreworks has mounted a group exhibition that has an extra edge to it. Inspired by the example of a similar exhibition at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Fibreworks members have made textile works that are inspired by South African art works displayed in South African public galleries and/or museums. The idea was not to copy works by other artists, but to engage with them aesthetically. This is the tenth Fibreworks exhibition to be mounted. After its launch at the gallery in Durban the exhibition will travel around the country. Apart from the Edge exhibition, it also includes a Major Minors (small works of 25 to 30 cm) and a non-themed exhibition.

Fibreworks was formed in 1997 and has about 50 members, most of whom are South African. A number of the members are internationally renowned teachers and fibre/textile artists. Work from the Fibreworks group appears in public and private collections both in South Africa and abroad.

The aims of the group are:

  • To promote textile/fibre art as a serious art form and to establish a group committed to this ideal
  • To generate interaction, new challenges and critical input
  • To hold regional retreats
  • To hold a national exhibition biennially that includes the AGM
  • To circulate a quarterly newsletter

To discover more about Fibreworks and to see images of some of the work, please visit the website at http://www.fibreworksart.com

And now for a bit of musing. My fingers hesitated over the keyboard as I typed the title of this blog. “On Edge” refers to the exhibition, yes, but it is also a bit close to the bone. Should I admit that I am a little on edge?  A week ago we were preparing to fly home after a holiday of a lifetime in London. It feels as if I haven’t quite landed yet – hence the edginess.

Edge is one of those beautifully ambiguous words, with the ominous meaning of sharpness on the one hand and the intoxicating meaning of ardour and keenness on the other. When it comes to quilting, the edging or border fabric often demands the most attention and thought.

I hope I have not lost my stitching edge this past month when the only time I threaded a needle was to shorten some curtains. I did knit two pairs of socks during the in between times of our travels. Here’s one pair as proof.


This weekend I hope to reconnect with my sewing machine. The plan is to make a small quilt from this delightful charm pack of 2-and-a-half inch squares that I found at the Victoria & Albert Museum shop. Watch this space.



8 thoughts on “On Edge

  1. You will never lose your edge, Mariss! So sorry we I didn’t see you in Jhb. You were so close and could have visited your Donkin Houses.


  2. Love the socks (learning to knit socks is on my to do list someday) and the exhibition of textile works by South African artists sounds like it would be amazing (a little far for me to travel, ha!) but I hope you share photos if okay with the artists – thanks!


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