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Silk Embroidery from Japan: Captured by Silk Threads, Dianne Conomos

Dianne Conomos, Guild member and member of the Guild’s Blue Mountains Group had an exhibition of her work at Braemar Gallery, Springwood entitled: “Captured by Silk Threads – A personal journey of a Traditional Japanese Embroiderer in Australia”.

Photo by A Daniel 

The exhibition contained about 23 works Dianne has completed over about 15 years of her study of traditional Japanese embroidery. Dianne is one of about 600 people outside Japan who have been studying this intricate work which is about 1600 years old.

The exhibition at the Braemar Gallery in Springwood was officially opened by Mr Dennis Wilson,
Patron of the Embroiderers’ Guild NSW Inc. and husband of
Her Excellency, the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of New South Wales. 

Also in attendance were the Japanese Consul General Takewaka, Japanese Violinist Aiko Goto and
our President Mrs Wendy Schmid. 

Photo by A Daniel

Mr Dennis Wilson shared with the audience that he had researched the Art of Japanese Embroidery, or Nihon Shishu, in Japanese and had found that the Art has existed for at least 1600 years. This type of embroidery is used on the Kimono, articles in daily life and on fukusa, or, gift wrapping.

Mr Wilson believed that the art has been popular for so long because of “the peaceful tranquillity of engaging in the artform itself, both complex and beautiful, the appreciation of which allows the artist and then the viewer and the user of the art to enjoy it visually and to experience that same peaceful tranquillity and beauty of its subject matter”.
Mr Wilson also shared with the audience that it was important to “contemplate the art on exhibition”, and “whatever your reaction to it is, it is the right reaction”.

About 200 people attended the opening of Dianne’s exhibition as well as the other textile exhibition in the Gallery entitled:” Flora Sensa”.