Zealous embroiderer draws the art into craft
Published NZ Herald November 01, 2007
Sandra Bushby opens a box of embroidery. There is her mother's work, tightly stitched, immaculately finished front and back; pieces by her grandmother, looser, freer, on ageing linen; and the scarf her grandfather stitched in Cairo in 1916, bright threads on black silk drawing out words, flags and an animated lion.
Bushby's own embroidery is on the walls at the Anna Miles Gallery
- an ancient craft technique pressed into the service of art.
She started as a painter, after training at Canterbury University's Ilam Art School, then taught secondary school for 12 years. She abandoned that to make art full time, or as full time as the mother of a young child can manage.
"I was wanting to make art and looking for fresh ways, mediums, materials," she says.More