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Welcome to tapestry.co.nz

I have been painting and drawing since I was a child and have been working as a full time artist since the nineteen eighties.

I work in a number of different mediums with the main passion being tapestry weaving, though I have continued to develop my drawing skills and also enjoy photography and most recently digital design. I use my computer a lot now for designing tapestry.

I choose to work in the medium of tapestry weaving from this background of drawing and painting because I find
it an absorbing art form. The process of
making is no different now to what it was generations ago and the design possibilities are endless. The content and structure of the work are so interdependent that one cannot exist without the other and there is  something quite satisfying in creating a whole piece from nothing.

The balance between the work of the mind, the work of the hands, the tactile
qualities in the crossing of threads,

the optical blending of colours, depth and richness of tonal values and
exquisite gradations of colours that are possible with tapestry, make this medium exhilarating to work with.

The architectural process of building the tapestry, actually constructing the fabric and image together so that the two are physically and visually inseparable, relates very strongly to the process of constructing and building our lives and our living and working spaces.

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Marilyn Rea-Menzies
Artist Studio and Hallway Gallery
50 Albert Street
Hamilton East

Ph: 64 7 856 6010
Cell: 027 474 3441