Averil Stuart Artist Profile: Follow Your Own Path....
My real artistic journey began when I received an unexpected invitation to exhibit at the 2007 Florence Biennale! This ignited my love affair with Italy and I packed up and moved from New Zealand to a small mountain village Introdacqua, near the beautiful, ancient city of Sulmona in the Abruzzo.
It was in these mountains where, for 10 years I really knuckled down to hone my various skills and art techniques. Since then, I've been fortunate to have my work exhibited, not only in my own small gallery, but also throughout Italy, USA, Australia and NZ.
I'm primarily self-taught and have my own approach to - and definition of - art.
Coming from a traditional American style quilt-making background 35 years ago, to pushing the boundaries in textile art and textural collage.
The past couple of years I've been exploring and discovering abstract art and learning new techniques in painting and or collage.
"Life like ART - it's all about taking RISKS"
"Trust in yourself and follow you own path, not that of someone else"
Textures, vintage textiles, stitch and paint is what I find captivating. I love to include and give new life to vintage cloth, linens and handcrafted remnants from a bygone era.
I've also expanded into felting my fabulous NZ merino and raw wool collection, into felted wall-art and other interior designs, cushions, bed and sofa throws etc.
Moving into eco-dyeing leaves and nature onto silk scarves and merino clothing was a natural progression. You can find my designs here at my Etsy Store.
2016: March 8th: NZ Life and Leisure Magazine: March/April 2016: An article about my textile journeys in Italy: 'That's Amore'
2015: December: Featured on Artsy Shark artist web site: Artsy Shark feature
2015: June: Featured in The Thread Studio E Mag Infusion9
2015: May: Featured in Australian Downunder Textiles Magazine issue # 19.
2015: May: Gave a talk and showed my work at Christchurch Quilters.
2015: May: Arts Council Nelson Exhibition: (Juried) Changing Threads.....'Capestrano Warrior Unearthed # 1' Held at Refinery Artspace, Nelson: May 16th to June 6th.
2015: April: The Mail, local newspaper: An article relating to 'Messages for Gallipoli'
2015: Feb: NZ Quilt Symposium Manawatu. Out and About Exhibition. (Juried) 'Fantasy Forest'
2014: Published in Linda Sewards book The Ultimate Guide to Art Quilting: Surface Design (Fantasy Forest)
2013 April: Article in Sulmona:
2012: SAQA Exhibition European Du Patchwork, France. Wide Horizons lll.... (Juried) 'Fantasy Forest'
2010: 'Legato' Exhibition. Cassino, Italy,
2010: Onda TV Interview about 'Images of Introdacqua' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4mmHqNZQhY
2010: SAQA Exhibition Creative Force....... (Juried) 'Images of Introdacqua'
2010: SAQA Exhibition No Place to call home......(Juried) 'Where do we go From Here'
2009/10/11/12/13/14/15 Introdacqua: Eva's Arte Galleria Every August
2007: Florence Biennale
1998: Staveley NZ(Solo)
My art is in private collections in New Zealand, Australia, UK, Italy and USA.