Georgann DeMille exhibits at TN Arts Commission Gallery

Georgann DeMille uses recycled materials to create sewn, mixed media works, tapping into feelings of nostalgia and familiarity.

“Random contact with consumable objects can call to mind the most unexpected images,” she says. “A glimpse of color, a touch, a fragrance all have the ability to convey images that awaken my desire to duplicate them.”

She uses book pages, thread, flower petals, fabric dryer sheets, wire, and magazines to build and sew—often the materials she uses carry special meaning.

Rose petal coat was inspired by DeMille’s mother, who thought that a nice formal coat was a necessity for a young girl. DeMille has memories of wearing a red coat as a child; she hated it but her mother loved it.

“I have a photo of a sulking, uncooperative me wearing that coat, and I can still remember having that picture taken and the poutiness I felt,” DeMille says.

Rose Petal Coat, 2017, 23″ x 23″ x 7″, Rose Petal, Fabric, Metal

Little Women is inspired by DeMille’s daughter. She happened across her daughter’s doodles and notes in the margins of a copy of Little Women in their home and wove strips of pages from the book together to create a girl’s dress.

Little Women, 2017, 23″ x 15″ x 15″, Book Pages

For Nat Geo Duffle and Nat Geo Backpack, DeMille sewed pages of National Geographic, inspired by the hikers and explorers featured in the magazine.

Though her pieces are not made to be worn or used for utilitarian purposes, she often gets asked if they can be. She takes it as a compliment.

Her work will be on exhibit November 17 through January 12 at the TN Arts Commission Gallery. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and admission is free. Gallery tours should be scheduled in advance. For more information, visit ://tnartscommission.org/news/purposeful-repurposing-or-what-would-you-do-with-old-magazines/

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