Untitled [Place Setting]

Untitled [Place Setting], Ngarita Johnstone, Embroidery on linen. UC/MBL/2270

Ngarita Johnstone, Embroidery on linen. UC/MBL/2270

As part of her embroidery training at the Canterbury College School of Arts, Ngarita Johnstone was required to complete a variety of objects and patterns. This place setting is delicately embroidered with red and orange thread, alternating between a decorative red cross and an orange candelabra-shaped pattern, framed both inside and out by a linear interlocking border. Its shape and size imply that it is a place setting at a table, and would have been designed to be one of a set (likely of six or eight). It is embroidered on thick linen much like that in Johnstone’s Assisi Tablecloth, which could possibly be Scottish glamis linen.

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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