Jessie Deane is a textile artist from Yarraville in Melbourne's west. Her forthcoming exhibition 'Sew Suburb-Banal', will be presented as part of the 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival. 'Sew Suburb-Banal' opens Sunday 9th September at Post Industrial Design, 638 Barkly Street, West Footscray (6-8pm), and runs until 7th October. This most recent body of work is a labour of love, paying homage to Melbourne’s west. It is a collection of needlepoint artworks inspired by, and of, the suburbs of Melbourne's west. Surburbia is often seen as “banal” and “boring”, but this work highlights the beauty in the banality of these fading social landscapes. This collection doubles up as documentation of a changing landscape, while radical transformations throughout the west highlight the dangers of potential eradication of these suburbs. The makeup of Melbourne's western suburbs, with the diverse cultural mix of aesthetics makes it a location rich with imagery perfect for the medium of needlepoint. Deane takes the mundane flatness of the subjects and breathes new life into these gems in the most surprising of ways. Deane’s work evokes feelings of memory and connection, both through the medium and the imagery which reminds people to look more closely at the landscape in which they live. At the same time, audience members are drawn into the photo realistic stitched images to take a closer look at the technique, often surprised that the work is, in fact, textile. Jessie was shortlisted for the inaugural Footscray Art Prize in May 2017. In 2015 Jessie was a finalist in the inaugural Victorian Craft award and won the 2014 Melbourne Fringe Best Visual Arts Award for her exhibition, ‘(Thr)edifice’.

Stores Branch, Spotswood

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Car at the Westgate Golf Club, Spotswood

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Servac, Spotswood

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Glassworks Entrance, Spotswood

Glassworks Entrance, Spotswood

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Glassworks, Spotswood

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Duchess of Spotswood

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Interesting textile facts

Needlepoint refers to a particular set of stitching techniques worked upon stiff open weave canvas. Tent Stitch is a slanted stitch. The roots of Needlepoint extends back to the ancient […]

Opening Night Needlepoint West


Needlepoint West media

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Needlepoint West

Over thirty tapestries of the familiar landmarks of Melbourne’s west including the Westgate Bridge, Yarraville Terminal, Altona Refinery and stacks of colourful containers, will adorn the walls of the Roslyn […]

Family Inpspirations

I was inspired by my Great Aunt Cecily who loved needlepoint and was always making beautiful, but quite traditional images. I am lucky to have inherited two beautiful needlepoint works […]

My kitchen utensils paintings

These are some examples of some paintings I’ve been working on. It is yet to be titled but will be paintings of my favourite kitchen ustensils which I plan to […]