In this beautifully designed monograph, the artist Jane Whiteley interweaves her poetic texts with a visual narrative of textiles through the strikingly austere language of plain sewing, exploring human relationships and rites of passage across place and time. She uncovers cloth's intimate and universal connection to humanity through the body's memory of cloth. The book includes critical essays, a list of works, bibliography, index. This is Whiteley's second publication, it documents eighty-five inter-related works including recent and key earlier pieces. She has worked with cloth over many years, exhibiting her textiles regularly since 1990. Her practice is underpinned by research into the social history of cloth and mending. Her work is held in major public collections in Australia and the United Kingdom and she has been awarded numerous grants from the Australia Council and the Government of Western Australia. These include support for her touring exhibition From Within in 1999, and a 2004 ArtsWA Creative Development Fellowship. In 2009 she undertook a commission for the Victoria and Albert Museum. She lives with her family in Fremantle.
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