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North Island Regional Exhibition

Posted by Administrator (admin) on Jan 20 2014
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Reyburn House Art Gallery in the Town Basin at Whangarei provided a most suitable venue for the beautiful selection of embroidery in Northern North Island’s Regional Exhibition held

DOROTHY CLARKE AWARD: SEAHORSE POUCH by Shirley Pygott. Own Casalguidi Design. Highly Commended

from 5-29 September.  The old colonial house retains its individual rooms, though doors have been removed, and walls of each room painted in bold colours which provided a wonderful background for the works displayed.


There were four categories in the exhibition:  the Dorothy Clarke Traditional Award; Shifting Boundaries (Unlock the Imagination) for innovative work; Extensions (Had I the Heaven’s Embroidered Cloths WB Yeats 1865-1939) and the general Guild section (The Praise of the Needle John Taylor 1831).  This last section represented a major change – instead of the previous years’ Guild displays, this section became

DOROTHY CLARKE AWARD: RETRO by Judith Jennings, Whangarei. Own counted work design

a judged section of the exhibition. Each Guild was invited to submit a number of pieces of work for this section which was then judged overall, with places going to individual embroiderers.  It was open to all types of work, including original designs, work completed in classes and work from commercial designs in books and magazines. This proved a popular change, with one of the judges, Beth Winton of Whangarei, commenting that it was a pleasure to see the variety and quality of work presented which was assessed on, among other things, impact, and excellence of execution and presentation.



The Dorothy Clarke Traditional Award was won by Elizabeth Darrah of Auckland for her exquisitely worked Concertina Book in whitework.  A striking piece entitled ‘At the Foot of the Kauri’ by Elizabeth Litchfield of Kerikeri was the winner of the Shifting Boundaries category.  Shirley Pygott of Warkworth won the Extensions section with her delicate piece ‘Half Light’, and the new section The Praise of the Needle was won by Jacqui Penn of Hibiscus Coast with a beautifully worked stitch book – each page opened to reveal a variety of stitches.  There was a rich variety of works exhibited in each section – the judges had an unenviable task, as the overall quality of the exhibition was commented on by many visitors. The Northern North Island region can once again be proud of a wonderful showcase of embroidery for the public to enjoy.


Rosemary Zissler

Last changed: Jan 21 2014 at 12:52 PM