Images © 2000-2003, Bernie Leahy
Bernie Leahy, a prominent textile artist from Dublin, Ireland, is a new presence on the web with her new site, efiberart.com Her focus is
fiberart as line, most often as beautifully executed portraits. These are accomplished by a combination of free machine and hand stitchery.
The stitched drawing at right is entitled "Elsewhere", size: 30cm x 25cm, technique: machine stitched "I Wonder", executed in 2000 for a group show, is a panel 4'x6'.
Leahy's artist statement: "I am interested in Embroidery as mark making, as undecorative & defined line:
The line or mark often delineates the space around the forms, allowing them to emerge out of a tangible ground. The defined line or mark has a hole or point from which it decidedly begins or ends. Currently work is mostly in black and white.
Subject matter is often the portrait, used to convey fleeting moods, glances, moments. Landscape themes, abstracted through a profound interest in colour, also feature in these textile drawings.
If you are lucky enough to live near London or are passing thru in June of this year, Leahy has a solo exhibition June 2-12, "Line" opening at Fabrications Gallery, London (nearest tube Bethnal Green.)