More Treasures from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery car park…Aotearoa Art Fair 2023 with Masterworks Gallery

Eight new hand stitched works from the series ‘Treasures from the Dunedin Public Art Gallery car park’ have been shipped up to Auckland to show with Masterworks Gallery for the 2023 Aotearoa Art Fair. Along with the framed stitched works Masterworks also wanted to show the photographs of the found objects (trash) the embroidery’s are based on. These have been printed onto Rag Baryta paper and mounted onto Aluminium board. The framed works will be presented along side the photographs in an exhibition for the first time.


LANDFILL publication launch 2pm 11/2/23 at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery

A Gallery Presents a General Edition publication ‘Landfill’ using a 1999 copy of the Otago University Arts Journal ‘Landfall’ as a template. Dunedin artist Jay Hutchinson worked with designer Gilbert May to design and produce this limited edition publication.

Hutchinson’s art practice involves photographing and collecting trash from the street, finding compositions in the discarded, forgotten and thrown away. After a piece of trash is collected from the street it is printed on fabric and slowly hand stitched, recreating rubbish into elaborate textile works.

‘Landfill’ contains a selection of Hutchinson’s work spanning the last six years presented in the style and format of the ‘Landfall’ publication. The publication includes short stories, essays, found objects and poetry blended together with risograph duotones.

The writers and contributors include Milly Mitchell-Anyon, Sarah McClintock, Michael Steven, Richard Reeve, Gilbert May and those who have have dropped countless empty beer cans, lolly wrappers, greasy boxes and other miscellaneous objects.

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“Rayner Brothers Circus and special guest Jay Hutchinson” exhibition at Olga reviewed by Robyn Maree Pickens in the ODT 17/11/22

Brains with faces, flawed families, smoking dogs, self-portraits, and Liz (Queen Elizabeth II), the Rayner Brothers are back for another outing at Olga with their slightly outre ceramics. This time the “Circus” features Otepoti Dunedin-based artist Jay Hutchinson’s well-known embroidered works of found rubbish (screen-printed on to fabric and embroidered).

With more than a nod to the recently deceased Queen, Olga exhibits four ceramic statues of Liz wearing a bright yellow dress, hat, handbag, and pearl earrings by Mark Rayner, and one statue by both Mark and Paul Rayner. This collaborative work is the last in a semantic-physical transformation in which Liz becomes part lizard, with a yellow skirt her last human vestige. The other contemporary event Mark Rayner addresses is the monkey pox virus (a monkey covered in red spots). Perhaps also afflicted with monkey pox is the endearingly-titled Sad Orange Crystal Boy (2022), a hairless boy-man with big ears, a wide-mouthed smile, baby blue eyes, and yes, predominantly red spots on his torso and face. Both brothers present several self-portraits wearing t-shirt with slogans, while Paul Rayner also offers three Jesus Saves money boxes in time for Christmas.

Exhibited among this melange of troubled and cheerfully perverse characters are Hutchinson’s embroidered works in clear frames. Perhaps there are less Jimmy’s pie bags around at this time of the year, as Hutchinson has shifted his focus to lolly wrappers (Fruit Bursts and Milkshakes), a Rashuns bag, and the ultimate hint of summer, a Fruju wrapper. Insert summer jingle and check it out.

Recent article in Art Zone issue 92 Spring 2022 by Hannah Mahon

A Jellytip wrapper is a find for Jay Hutchinson. For the artist trash is fine art. He began to notice discarded stuff, and was “drawn to the colour and the nostalgic relationship I have with the products.” ‘Embroiderer/graffiti artist Hutchinson wants his work to encourage other people to pay more more attention to their environment.

His work explores “urban environments, brand nostalgia, mass consumption and the decaying environment.” His embroideries brings together a mix of textiles, including sewing silk, cotton drill cloth, and urban materials such as tarmac slabs, steel, and concrete, to illustrate pieces of trash found around cities. Hutchinson says, “I don’t embroider every piece that I pick up; however I do try to pick up every piece that I come across, much to my wife’s dismay.”

Hutchinson originally went to art school to paint graffiti on big canvases, but after being nudged into a craft diploma at Otago Polytechnic, he found his love for hand stitching. He finds the methodical process of hand embroidery “a great way to relax and calm my mind as I get satisfaction out of the stitch by stitch progression.”

The Dunedin artist admires the work of Fiona Connor, Glen Hayward and Dene Barnes, which help inspire his pieces. While he finds the trash at random, he abides by a set of parameters and rules, including sticking to one area at a time. “The trash sets the theme for the exhibition, I love seeing the different types of trash disposed of in different areas of the city.”

Currently, Hutchinson has work on a group show at Fiksate Gallery in Christchurch and some being shown at Otago Museum in Southern People, Southern Land. He also has a project underway with Olga Gallery in Dunedin opening in November.

blue zig-zag paper packet

A new limited edition of nine, hand stitched ‘blue Zig-Zag paper packets’ is currently on show and available to purchase from Fiksate Gallery in Christchurch. Based on one of the most littered object found in the Dunedin CBD the iconic blue Zig-zag paper packet, in various states of distress and damage. Each work is a one off, signed and numbered on the reverse. The works are hand-stitched on digitally printed cotton drill, framed using archival materials, and UV70 glass. Contact the gallery through their website for more information