Ariadna was a princess from the Greek mythology. She fell in love with Theseus who went to kill the monster Minotaurus, hidden deep inside a labyrinth.
Ariadna gave her lover a ball of thread to unroll as he went, so he could find his way back out.
To some this clew of thread symbolizes problem solving. To others it means the path of life.
For me it’s a bit of both.
I’ve used thread to tell stories, record life memories and create special pieces for friends and loved ones that are a gift from the heart.
Starting a new project is like entering the labyrinth - there are twist and turns and dead ends, but with thread and imagination the puzzle slowly takes shape and the pieces come together.
I was born in the Netherlands in the 1950’s. My Mam was always sewing and knitting clothes for me and my seven brothers and sisters, as was the practise and the necessity of the time.
By the time I was 5 years old she had begun teaching me. I started with simple embroideries, then clothes for my dolls. Later, in my teens, I created hip clothes to wear myself.
In 1974 I immigrated to Australia, where eventually life on the land near Goombungee led me to spinning, weaving and locker hooking, experimenting with my own designs.
But my greatest passion was piqued when I went to my first Quilters’ group 10 years ago. It opened up a whole new world for me – introducing and exposing me to new patterns, techniques, textures and textiles
In the group we exchange ideas and enthusiasm; we share a laugh or just sew in silent companionship.
With growing skills and a sense of adventure I began to inject my own flavours and personality.
Iet is the 2016 Goombungee regional gallery emerging artist of the year.