Nola Archer

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Artist Statement

I am a Sydney textile artist working in print and stitch. I create art because it makes me happy, a simple fact but often underrated. It’s incredibly satisfying to make marks on a pristine surface, to create something that did not exist, except in my imagination. Printmaking, in its many forms, fulfils this need; embroidery does the same. Printmaking is cerebral, passionate, immediate and irreversible. Embroidery is contemplative, calm and infinitely variable. Print sits on the surface; embroidery becomes more directly part of the cloth. Combining the two, by printing and stitching on cloth, feels satisfying and creates works that are, for me, emotionally coherent.

I also create art because it allows me to explore social topics I feel passionate about. It may seem trite to say we live in a rapidly changing world, but it sometimes seems as if the hard-won achievements of the human race, like tolerance, equality, democracy, respect for the planet and each other, are steadily being lost. It’s easy to be strident about these challenges, but argument rarely changes minds.

I hope, through my works, to offer a gentler alternative point of view, an appeal to our common humanity.

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Transit Life, inTransit Exhibition


Professional experience
2012 Co-curator, ATASDA Marrakesh travelling exhibition
2010 Co-curator, ATASDA Maharajah’s Garden travelling exhibition

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2019     un:Seen –  Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2019     un:Seen –  Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre, S.A.
2018     un:Seen – Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2018     inTransit, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, Tuggeranong, ACT
2017     inTransit, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, Hornsby, NSW
2017     ebb and flow, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, Muswellbrook, NSW
2017     ebb and flow, Belconnen Arts Centre, Belconnen, ACT
2016     ebb and flow, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, Hornsby, NSW
2015     Out of Hand, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, Hornsby, NSW

Australian Textile Arts & Surface Design Association (ATASDA)
2015 Rhapsody in Blues (collaborative work), Sydney Craft and Quilt Fair, Sydney, NSW
2013 Cabinet of Curiosities, Epping Creative Centre, NSW
2012 Fragment (collaborative work), Palm House, Sydney Botanic Gardens, NSW

Professional affiliations
2004 –      Australian Textile Arts & Surface Design Association (Life Member)
2008 –      Fibrecircle group
2006 – 14 Like Minded Artists online art textiles group
2004 – 07 Art Divas artists professional development group

2017 ebb and flow, Textile Fibre Forum, Issue 128, p16
2016 Out of Hand, Down Under Textiles, Issue 24, p21
Author, Out of Hand, Down Under Textiles, Issue 24, pp 18-21 & 25 and Issue 25, pp 45-52