Nyonya Metal Thread Embroidery

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Nyonya Metal Thread Embroidery

Connections and Borrowings with Mary Brown

Mary Brown’s talk will look at key developments which made Asian and European metal thread embroidery the most fabulous form of embroidery in the long history of textile embellishment. She will also expound upon how Nyonya embroiderers explored directly or indirectly metal thread embroidery techniques to develop a style recognizable their own.

Mary Brown did her training as an embroiderer at the Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace, London. On graduating, she specialized in metal thread embroidery. Her book, Goldwork Embroidery: Projects and Designs, was published and distributed internationally in 2007. This opened the door for her to be able to collaborate with academics and to be commissioned as a tutor and practitioner in this field of embroidery. In 2017, she has been collaborated with Dr Hwei’Fen Cheah, head curator of the Nyonya Embroidery Exhibition at the Peranakan Museum in Singapore. Mary is currently a sessional lecturer in the Fashion and Design Department of the University of Technology, Sydney and a
tutor for the Embroiders Guild NSW.

Members are invited to bring along examples of their metal thread embroideries to share with participants.

HOW TO BOOK: Please email Chris Manning by Friday July 15 to secure your place. bookings@taasa.org.au


1. By Direct Debit (“your name BROWN” as reference)
BSB: 012 003 Account Number: 2185 28414
Account Name: The Asian Arts Society of Australia

2. By credit card or Paypal on this website – see booking button on top right of this page


26 July, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
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