About Lyn Crutchley
Windows on Wellington
I am a passionate Wellingtonian constantly inspired by this vibrant and beautiful city – be it wide architectural cityscapes or secret hidden lanes. I have a particular interest in seeing Wellington ‘on the move’ and ‘under construction’. We have many beautiful buildings being earthquake-strengthened as well as brand new buildings being built. This to me signifies energy and a great confidence in our city.
After a lifelong interest in hand embroidery and smocking, I recently completed the Diploma of Stitched Textiles: a journey of seven years learning every possible stitch technique of hand embroidery and machine stitching.
I was fortunate to have my final piece, ‘Cityscape of Wellington’, purchased by the Parliamentary Art Committee to be hung in the Parliamentary Art Collection. This rather large piece of 1.2 metres wide was entirely hand stitched in the traditional Elizabethan Blackwork.
My pieces combine fabric, paper and hand embroidered pieces with acrylic paints: each medium carefully placed and stitched to evoke the subtle play of colour, texture and relief that is Wellington.
My design focus to date has been Wellington houses and cityscapes capturing our ever-changing weather and light conditions. I use all of these moods and changes to create Wellington in its full glory – wind and all. We are, after all, famous for having 4 seasons in a day.
My hope is that you enjoy these pieces of Art as much as I have enjoyed creating them!