With Bold Needle & Thread: 1920 - 1960 Vintage Needlework from the Rosemary McLeod Collection
15 March - 15 June 2014
Perhaps best known as a columnist and commentator, Wellington-based Rosemary McLeod is also an avid collector. Or as she calls herself a ‘rescuer’ - she rescues vintage needlework from tea towels to toys. However, she not only rescues but covets these wonderful pieces of by-gone era domestic craft.
Ranging from 1920 to 1960, when so many objects were lovingly made at home, this exhibition showcases a wide range of objects from Rosemary's personal collection. Many of the works are supported with the original patterns and stories of how Rosemary sourced them. There is also a section of Rosemary's own work - based on vintage designs - and made lovingly in a more contemporary context.
Image: Handbag, 1930s-40s, wool embroidery on sacking, dress fabric lining. Rosemary McLeod collection.
Exhibition developed and toured by Tauranga Art Gallery Toi Tauranga, with the generous support of the Mackay Strathnaver Trust