Blog: Patricia Casey

Perth Centre for Photography, Exhibition – Scented Gardens for the Blind

The Perth Centre for Photography is located in a beautiful old building in Perth City

Scented Gardens for the Blind, an exhibition of photographic images on fabric combined with embroidery and crochet, opened at the Perth Centre for Photography on 27 June, 2012.

The series was inspired by novelist Janet Frame’s work of the same name.  This book deals with secret interior worlds and private spaces.  The results are works that evoke day dreaming, recollection and hint at a disturbing undertone.

Opening Night

Opening Night


Installation Detail


Installation Detail


The works combine photography with embroidery and crochet - yes at the same time!


Opening Night Crowd

Robert Burratti, from Burratti Fine Art in Perth opened the Exhibition




Perth Workshop and Artist Talk

While I was visiting Perth for my exhibition I was fortunate to be able to give a workshop and artist talk in the gallery.  It was a great experience to be able to talk about my work, give some practical tips to those attending the workshop and also to meet some really great people.  The staff and volunteers at the Perth Centre Photography made my stay so enjoyable.  I can hardly wait to go back.

Those attending the workshop brought along their own photographs to work with and I provided the rest!  We spent the first part of the morning looking at examples of other artists working with photography and embroidery.  There are a number of artists both internationally and here in Australia working with the photographic image and embroidery and the participants found it great inspiration to be able to see the scope for this type of work.  Then it was down to work and we went over some basic stitching techniques before embarking on own photographs.  We had a wonderful morning stitching and getting to know one another.  This was followed by an amazing Indian lunch at a local restaurant.  Didn’t feel much like work at all.