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Renowned artists to combine diverse styles


Two internationally renowned artists, Els van Baarle and Jette Clover, will unite for their first Australian exhibition at Newcastle’s Timeless Textiles Gallery.

The Linguistic Marks exhibition combines the diverse styles of the two highly-skilled artists around the common theme they share – a love of text and writing.

Textile artist/teacher from the Netherlands, van Baarle, teaches surface design classes all over the world.

“I love the slow process of using wax and dye many times, to recreate the wear and tear of time,” she said.

“The result is a wonderful cloth with a wealth of colour and depth.”

Clover was born in Copenhagen but lived and worked in the US and the Netherlands before settling in Antwerp, Belgium.

“I was a journalist before I became an artist, which is why almost all my artwork contains pieces of text,” Clover said.

“I am inspired by mark-making both in the form of handwriting and the layered and fragmented words and letters in the urban landscape – faded signs, tattered posters, flashy advertisements and bold graffiti.”

Both artists share a love of old books and documents.

They are curious about what survives or endures the passage of time.

Text as image, text as a vehicle for meaning and the tactile nature of embroidered signs and symbols are all central elements of their work.

Linguistic Marks shows at Timeless Textiles Gallery from 27 November to 22 December.

Timeless Textiles Gallery, located at 90 Hunter Street, Newcastle, is the only commercial fibre art gallery in Australia.

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