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Sisters, Clare Johnston and Helen Frankel will showcase their handiwork in Guildford, and Brent Stanley’s colourful works will impress in his debut exhibition at the Guildford Village Potters Gallery.

Stitching sisters and a solo exhibition in Guildford

The Guildford Village Potters are pleased to welcome back sisters Helen Frankel and Clare Johnston who’s third exhibition Stitched and Stitching showcases their sewing, embroidery and lacemaking skills and the debut solo of Brent Stanley, an emerging artist from the Perth Hills.

The sisters were born in Moora and grew up in Miling until 1960 when the family moved to Midland for schooling.

Helen and Clare were always encouraged to sew by their mother so it seemed quite natural for them to become involved in handicrafts.

In the early 1980s Helen learnt bobbin lace making and in 1998 she began making rag dolls and soon became involved with the Western Doll Makers.

At about the same time, Clare started making bags and both sisters have attended workshops over the years, including mixed media, felting, silk paper, stencilling, free machine embroidery, and they have incorporated these skills into their dolls and bags.

Stitched and Stitching will open on Saturday, April 1 and will continue through to Monday, April 24.

Stanley’s exhibition will open on Friday, April 28 and feature a number of artworks he made at home and at DADAA’s Midland studio, where Brent participates in Visual Art and Performance workshops.

His artworks are inspired by two things: Disney movies and nature and he is particularly interested in exploring the symbolism of patterns and colours.

Stanley is a proud Nexus Arts Grant recipient, for young people with disability and funded by the Disability Service Commission.

The Guildford Village Pottery Gallery is located at 22 Meadow Street, Guildford and open seven days a week.

The gallery’s opening hours are 9.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 4.30pm Saturday and Sunday.


About Rashelle Predovnik

Rashelle has been the senior journalist at Echo News since June 2011. She was a finalist in the WA Media Awards in 2015 and 2013. In 2014 Rashelle took out the whole print category in the Deborah Kirwan Media Awards for a series of stories she wrote that has positively influenced community attitudes towards seniors. In 2013, Rashelle was a finalist in the Consumer Protection Media Awards. Before joining Echo News, Rashelle worked at WA Business News, Media Monitors, she was a freelance journalist and taught journalism units at Murdoch University.

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