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Martine Peters

Martine Peters
Artist's statement

In my professional practice I have enjoyed the challenge of the technical aspect in the construction of textiles, and respect the understanding needed to apply the weave structure, which I think is the basis of the design. It is the structural discovery and that choice made, coupled between the technique and the material that I feel conditions the final form.

My skill requires a sense of order and the inventive care for repetitive structure and process. From that structure I remain open to the organic or the regular made imperfect. My work, and the craftsmanship, of the weave is the link between both craft and design. There is an interdisciplinary nature in the weave, the fusion between an element of art, fashion, and architecture, these are all textile based and yet contemporary in nature.

I hold a determination to develop my medium as a means of expressing my ideas about contemporary art and life. I however continue to admire traditional weaving as one of the oldest art forms through which I currently use as a medium in which to express myself in a contemporary way.

I look to capture the concept of the beauty and grace of the organic yet contemporary nature of the weave.

Recent work
Tracking
  • Tracking, 2007
  • installation at Red Gallery, Melbourne
  • Photo: Courtesy of Red Gallery
Tracking (detail)
  • Tracking (detail), 2007
  • hand woven cotton with dye and cotton inlay
  • Photo: Courtesy of Red Gallery
Woven Felt Scarf Series (detail)
  • Woven Felt Scarf Series (detail), 2007
  • woven felt
  • Photo: Kate Lewis
Woven Felt Scarf Series (detail)
  • Woven Felt Scarf Series (detail), 2007
  • woven felt
  • Photo: Kate Lewis

Surface Series Textiles (detail)
  • Surface Series Textiles (detail), 2007
  • IKAT hand woven, embroidered, natural dye, cotton
  • Photo: Martine Peters
Roses
  • Roses, 2006
  • Installation detail, hand woven merino wool and copper wooden bases
  • Photo: Martine Peters
Biography

My name is Martine Peters and I have been involved with textiles for 11 years since my early initiation when I began traveling to the Australian Southern Highlands in New South Wales to join weavers at Sturt Craft Centre; instructed by Elizebeth Nagel. Within that time I attended my first Australian Textile Forum and in the Trade Hall meet Margaret Mecchia who was promoting her New Zealand company 'Mecchia' looms. After an introduction I could not contain myself and wrote, I was soon her apprentice and traveled to New Zealand. That was in 1996 and after having a business where I wove for department, home ware and retail stores (specialising in mohair scarves and throws) I preceded to COFA at the University of NSW. I continued to weave and undertook my Undergraduate Degree in the painting department, which I believe complemented my aesthetic understanding of textiles in a fine art capacity.

After completing my fine arts degree I moved to Canberra to begin my Honours Degree at the Australian National University School of Art in 2003. I was based in the Textile Department where I pursued my passion for textiles and weaving. I have since then undertaken various residencies, been part of group and solo exhibitions, had commissions which included creating interior panels, upholstery pieces and 3D sculptures.

Selected exhibitions
2008:   The Return Show, School of Art Gallery - Kent State, Ohio
2007:   Tracking, Red Gallery - Melbourne
2007:   Dwelling, Prospectus Gallery - Adelaide
2007:   4 Walls, Hive Gallery - Canberra
2007:   Intimacy, Australian National Capital Artists Gallery - Canberra
2007:   Shifting Perspectives, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2007:   Phoenix Prize for Spiritual Art, Australian National University School of Art - Canberra
2007:   Studio Pieces, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2007:   Process: Inspiration to Presentation, Travelling Exhibition: ANCA, Canberra; The Town Hall Gallery, Melbourne,
2007:   Surface - new works by Martine Peters, Sarah Cohen, Ria Vlavianos, Australian National Capital Artists Gallery - Canberra
2006:   Local Hands, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2006:   Front Hat Show, Front Gallery - Canberra
2006:   Degrees of Resonance and Separation - paintings and textiles, Australian National Capital Artists Gallery - Canberra
2006:   Warm as- Wearable Exhibition, Birdhouse Gallery - Braidwood, NSW
2006:   65 Roses, Australian National University School of Art Foyer Gallery - Canberra
2006:   Polycramatica, M16 Gallery - Canberra
2006:   Dwellings, Solo Showcase, Sydney Opera House - Sydney
2006:   Finalist Exhibition, Willoughby City Art Prize - Willoughby, NSW
2006:   Process: Inspiration to Presentation, Australian National Capital Artists Gallery - Canberra
2005:   2 Materials, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2005:   Baby You're So Vain, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre - Canberra
2005:   Conversations in 3D, Australian National Capital Artists Gallery - Canberra
2005:   Elements of Canberra, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Crucible Showcase - Canberra
2005:   Finalist Exhibition, Willoughby City Art Prize - Willoughby, NSW
2005:   New Works Martine Peters and Lucy Verhelst, Australian National University School of Art Foyer Gallery - Canberra
2005:   Dwellings, Mawson Gallery - Canberra
Selected commissions/awards/grants
2007:   Phoenix Prize for Spiritual Art, Australian National University School of Art, Highly Commended Award
Selected publications
2007:   Helen Musa, Times2/Arts/Panaroma, Canberra Times
2006:   Kerry-Anne Cousins, Birdshow, Canberra Times
2005:   World Community Newspaper

 

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