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Published by Whistler Publishing
PO. Box 358, Ocean Grove
Editor Greg Wayne
Embroider's work is a patchwork of life experiences
by Gillian Gubbins
ALTHOUGH a resident of Barwon Heads for the past 30 years, jean MacIntyre was born in 1906 at Burntisland, a small village across the Firth of Forth from Edinburgh
After leaving school, she attended the Glasgow University where she attained her Master of Arts degree Her marriage to John MacIntyre, graduate in engineering who she had first met in the university and Who had accepted
a position with the Indian Civil Service resulted in Jean enjoying many happy years living in the Punjab area with her husband and their three children.
John Macintyre's outstanding engineering skills and knowledge ledge have been recognised as being responsible for the success of the life-saving irrigation Which he established in this area. It was the time when he was away in camps, sometimes weeks at a time, that Jean pursued her needlework interests, her unique talent for tapestry acknowledged by those who saw her work.
Jean enjoyed many ties with Australia throughout these years Her parents had moved here to escape the severe Scottish winters and her children attended boarding schools in Victoria for their secondary educalion.
However the unrest surrounding the partitioning of India and Pakistan in 1947 was the deciding factor in the MacItyre family making a change of home base and occupation. A change which benefited the people of Geelong, when, after settling in Geelong, John MacIntyre became the Engineering Chief Executive of the Geelong WaterTrust (now Barwon Water) and Jean founded the Geelong Branch of the famous International Embroiders Guild.
Jean MacIntyre attributes her departure from the traditional tapestry-on-canvas work to her very successful creative embroideries to her Visit to the Embroidery Guilds Exhibition in London in 1960. Here she observed that it was possible to convey both charm and style through the use of original designs and materials.
One of her earliest works using this new format was the creation of the Madonna and Child - a beautiful portrayal using a variety of fabrics, silks and stitches - and
although five years lapsed between the commencement and completion of the work, it remains a favorite with those familiar with Jean MacIntyre's embroideries.
'Footprints in the Sand' is a delightful smaller work, where minute pieces of suede, cotton and satin combine to create this aptly tilled work.
The brilliant coloured felt apron designed as a camouflage to the base of a Christmas tree is yet another of Jean's innovations. Metallic thread, unusual silver buttons and a variety of coloured fabrics combine to present the Christmas story. While a completely different embroidery is created when jean decides to go 'abstract' and working on a vibrant pink background uses the needle weaving of subtle complimentary colours to produce an aesthetic and unusual piece of art work.
Perhaps special mention must be made of the embroidery titled Barwon Heads Each of the five panels depicting a memorable phase of the artist's life - the golf club she joined in 1935, the yacht races, her first home, the beaches and a large pregnant trout, its condition perceived from the prominent blue spots!
The Barwon Heads Red Cross is delighted and appreciative that jean MacIntyre has permitted them to conduct this first-time exhibition of her celebrated original, creative embroideries.