Fibre artist shows her newest pieces

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Material girl .. Una Landreth hangs her fibre art exhibition at Arthur St Kitchen at the weekend. Her work will be displayed throughout June. PHOTO: RACHAEL COMER

by Rachael Comer

Una Landreth is exhibiting her fibre art at Arthur St Kitchen this month and she can reel off a list of reasons as to why art is good for her.
“It keeps my mind active, for one thing,” Mrs Landreth (89) said. “I’m a widow and it’s good to be busy. It also means I am on the internet a lot looking at new techniques and learning new things.”
Getting out and about in the community to buy fabrics was a bonus, she said.
“That keeps my motoring skills up, as I have to get out and about in town [Timaru] and sometimes to Oamaru and Ashburton, too.”
The Timaru artist said she had been working with fabric for about 20 years.
“I started, though, really when I was a young bride and made clothes for my family. I’ve been sewing a long while.”
She has also exhibited her patchwork twice in Dunedin galleries, selling her work overseas.
This is her second exhibition at Arthur St Kitchen, and the display showed examples of two techniques, she said.
Tessellation is the art of using tiles closely fitted together in a repeat pattern. Mrs Landreth said she had enjoyed using this intense form of pattern-making in some of her pieces.
The other technique she had used was optical illusion, meaning viewers of her work had to work out if her work was “going up or down”.
Her works were all stretched on to artists’ blocks as part of the display, she said.
She said the pieces had taken three months to complete.
“It’s intense doing these techniques and I have had to work through a trial and error process.”
The exhibition runs throughout June and all works are for sale.