IN C ON V E RSATION : ASIAN C ULTURAL ORIGINS IN T H E T E XTIL E W OR K OF RUT H H ADLO W AND W E NDY LUGG – TAASA Review September 2014

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This article was originally found in the September 2014 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 23, Issue 3, Page 18).

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Belinda von Mengersen B oth Ruth Hadlow and Wendy Lugg are Australian textiles artists who use samples of traditional textile material culture as conceptual and actual starting points in their own textile exhibition practices.

This article examines Ruth Hadlow’s approach to WestTimorese woven textiles in her multi-faceted work Patternbook (2005-ongoing), and Wendy Lugg’s to Japanese hand-stitched Boro in her series and internationally touring exhibition Common Threads (1999-2005).

Each involves `reading’ and reflecting on individual pieces: a silent dialogue, which is then interpolated into their own work...