In Gardening Gloves: November Visits, stitch is a metaphor to illustrate the repair, care and protection required to sustain biodiversity. For two years, Sharon has been stitching bogong moths (Agrotis infusa) into lace-like ‘gardening gloves’ to comment on their astonishing decrease in migration numbers as they pass from Queensland to the high alpine country in the southern Australia during November. In December 2021, the bogong moth was added to the list of endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Sharon Peoples has worked in Canberra for over 20 years, exhibiting nationally and internationally. With ten solo exhibitions since over the last dozen years, her most recent is Messenger From the Garden. 2020. Having participated in over 20 group exhibitions – her highlights are Stitched Art is Art at the Clerkenwell Gallery, London in 2019, in 2021, Surface and Depth, at the Palazzo Velli Expo Rome, Art Textiles Biennale at East Gippsland Art Gallery and the Australian Fibre Art Award at Gallery 76 in Sydney.
Gardening Gloves: November Visits, 2022
Image top: Sharon Peoples, Gardening Gloves: November Visits, 2022, Photo: Courtesy of the artist