Panel in Appliqué

Panel in Appliqué, Ngarita Johnstone, Watercolour with applique stitches, c. 1950. UC/MBL/2105

Ngarita Johnstone, Watercolour with applique stitches, c. 1950. UC/MBL/2105

Ngarita Johnstone’s Panel in Appliqué was created during her time at the Canterbury College School of Art, most likely in her final year. Though she majored in embroidery, she was a talented draughtswoman and painter, despite her hesitations after criticisms from her father. Panel in Appliqué’s compositionis made up of almost solely curving lines and forms; it is even set into a curved outline. It shows three faceless girls, who prance daintily through rolling hills and meadows. Their full skirts swing as they walk with toes raised, and their arms link them together in a wave-like motion. The green, yellow and orange hills that they walk on, coupled with the flowers that are growing, give the viewer a feeling of joyous springtime. It is a playful and feminine pattern for an appliqué that unfortunately – or perhaps fortunately for Ngarita, who disliked the subject – was never realised.

Ngarita Johnstone : A selection of artworks

Click on the thumbnails to discover more about this striking selection of artworks by Ngarita Johnstone. Images selected and written about by Alice Tappenden.

Assisi Border, Ngarita Johnstone, Graphite, pen, wash, and twink on paper, mounted. UC/MBL/2248
Untitled [Table Cloth with Assisi Border], Ngarita Johnstone, Embroidery and cross-stitch on linen, Date unknown. UC/MBL/2274
Panel in Appliqué, Ngarita Johnstone, Watercolour with applique stitches, c. 1950. UC/MBL/2105
Untitled [Nativity Illumination], [Ngarita Johnstone], Illuminated calligraphy on paper mounted in cardboard frame. UC/MBL/2198
Untitled [Embroidery Sampler], Ngarita Johnstone, 1947, Embroidery on Linen with cotton, silk and wool threads. UC/MBL/2240
Untitled [Place Setting], Ngarita Johnstone, Embroidery on linen. UC/MBL/2270
Untitled [Table runner], Ngarita Johnstone, Embroidery on linen. UC/MBL/2271
Trees near Te Anau, Ngarita Johnstone, 1990, Graphite and coloured pencil on paper. UC/MBL/2285
Percival River, Hanmer, Ngarita Johnstone, Watercolour on paper. UC/MBL/2331
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