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"In Stitch" - Artworks by Deb Shepherd

"In Stitch" - Artworks by Deb Shepherd

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  • Fri 6 May ’16, 7:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 7 May ’16, 7:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 8 May ’16, 7:00am – 4:00pm
  • Mon 9 May ’16, 7:00am – 4:00pm
  • Tue 10 May ’16, 7:00am – 4:00pm
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Sola Cafe, 720 Pollen Street, Thames


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

The Sola Cafe showcases, until 10th May, a solo exhibition of artworks by award winning designer Deb Shepherd.
These artworks are unique through the artist's use of free-formed stitch as a drawing medium, combined with paint and applied fabrics.

“In Stitch” presents a selection of works from several of the themes that Shepherd is currently working on, and areas of particular personal inspiration, including “Icons”, “The 27 Club”, “Street Style /Cultures” and “Kiwiana”.

Following a creative career in the UK, combining 25 years teaching across a range of art and design subjects, in further and higher education, alongside employment in the fashion industry as a designer and patternmaker, as well as running her own fashion design business; Deb Shepherd migrated to NZ in 2010, travelled extensively and settled in the Maratoto Valley. Initially she began working as a designer and patternmaker for one of NZs most renowned fashion labels, before taking up a lecturing position, on the fashion degree, at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic; teaching across a number of disciplines, including digital design for fashion and textiles.

"My artwork enables me to unite my love of drawing and painting, with my need to stitch and my passion for textiles. Throughout my career, drawing has formed the basis of all my work, from designing garments for clients and collections for fashion labels, to sketching for pleasure. Since living in New Zealand, alongside developing my work as a visual artist, I have also enjoyed creating wearable art pieces. In 2012, I won the Shell Sustainable Award at WoW (the World of Wearable Arts Show) in Wellington, followed by an award at Cult Couture, Auckland, in 2013, and the Overall Supreme Designer Award at the Thames/Coromandel, Pohutakawa Wearable Arts Festival in both 2014 and 2015."

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