Thanks to Laetitia Wilson at The West Australian - thewest.com.au for this great review of our exhibition.
My grandmother recently bequeathed me her old sewing machines, one dating from the 1950s and the other a Singer belonging to her mother made around the turn of the 20th century.
As historical artefacts sewing machines maintain an enduring presence that triggers many associations, be they personal, social, political or economic.
Such meanings emerge in the exhibition Machines and Makers curated by Jude van de Merwe and partly inspired by a collection of 200 sewing machines owned by former Singer repairman and Hills resident Charles Lithgow. A strong line-up of local artists has explored the sewing machine as a device that works upon the imagination as much as it does upon social relations.