Display of organic art, embroidery

CAROLYN DEVERSON
Last updated 16:29 06/02/2014
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Gordon and Janine Thompson checking out his organic art with her embroidery in the background.

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Using natural or recycled products and their imaginations has led Hina Hina couple Janine and Gordon Thompson to their individual artworks which are on display in the Owaka Museum gallery until March 16.

Mr Thompson's organic art is completely homemade from ethically-sourced materials, Trade Aid paper, linseed oil and pine-gum based paints with natural pigments of clays, charcoals and verdigris (copper). Because of the type of oils the art takes a long time to dry - up to a year. "It's back to cavemen techniques, then bringing them forward." His works have elements of Aboriginal art from a time when Mr Thompson lived in Australia and was influenced by their art.

Mrs Thompson makes free-hand machine embroidery using applique scraps, netting and cottons. Her pieces include large and small bags and felt brooches with hand embroidered insects on them. Her designs are original and she sometimes draws the shapes lightly on the material and at other times works from a picture.

The couple combine their art-making with work as the local postie and supermarket assistant, and their business Earthlore, which entertains and educates people about native insects, butterflies and bugs.

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