Hannah Gartside

“She uses deadstock fabrics, clothes found in skips and op shops or given to her by friends, garments of dead relatives and fur from pets. For the artist, clothes are psychic objects that not only have history (a faded menstrual stain, the scent of a beloved) but presence; material has its own life… In this sense, the sculptures are about fabric itself, the singular way in which material is able to articulate the immaterial – a current of air, an undertow of desire. Fabric also has its own sound world and Gartside is listening to what it is saying, ‘pulsing, sighing, calling to us’.”

– Hannah Fink, Primavera 2021: Young Australian Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art catalogue essay

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Hannah Gartside ‘Illusion Quilt’ 2016-17, found wool crepe and plain-weave wool fabrics (gift of the Ridolfi family), wool wadding, thread, 115 cm x 95 cm x 13 cm. Exhibited at Fresh! 2017, Craft Victoria
Hannah Gartside ‘Illusion Quilt’ 2016-17, found wool crepe and plain-weave wool fabrics (gift of the Ridolfi family), wool wadding, thread, 115 cm x 95 cm x 13 cm. Exhibited at Fresh! 2017, Craft Victoria
Hannah Gartside (wall) ‘Desire Quilt’ 2016, plain-weave wool, wool crepe, and linen fabric, thread, cotton wadding, 180 x 180 cm. (floor) ‘Bloated Quilt Square’ 2016, synthetic fur fabric, cotton corduroy and calico fabric, thread, polyester stuffing, 75 x 75 x 4 cm (irreg). Exhibited in The Fun Room at Wangaratta Art Gallery, 2020. Photography by Chris Bowes.
Hannah Gartside ‘From Lucy, with love’ 2016, sewing thread and cat hair, 127 cm x 72 cm. Exhibited in the Wangaratta Art Gallery Contemporary Textile Award 2017. Photography by Kerry Leonard.
Hannah Gartside ‘From Lucy, with love’ 2016 (detail), sewing thread and cat hair, 127 cm x 72 cm. Photography by Kerry Leonard.
Hannah Gartside ‘Exultation/ Desperation’ 2016, indigo-dyed wet-felted sheep’s fleece, found fly net, thread, dowel, 180 cm x 120 cm x 60 cm. From the exhibition ‘Felt and Held’ George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne 2016. Photography Rhett Wyman.
Hannah Gartside ‘Layered selvedges in variegated grey’ 2016, wet-felted sheep’s fleece, fabric and thread, approx 45 cm x 37 cm x 3 cm. From the exhibition ‘Felt and Held’ George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne 2016. Photography Rhett Wyman.
Hannah Gartside ‘Spoils’ 2016, found ugg boot upper, lavender, hair, tooth fragment, wishbone fragment, approx 60 cm x 25 cm x 7 cm. From the exhibition ‘Felt and Held’ George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne 2016. Photography Rhett Wyman.
Hannah Gartside ‘Who are you and how did you get here? 2016, sheep’s fleece and thread, 140 cm x 360 cm. From the exhibition ‘Felt and Held’ George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne 2016. Photography Rhett Wyman.