Michele Irving is an artist who works mainly with fabric, combining this with embroidery, paint and beads. 
“I enjoy the versatility of textiles and the amazing colour range. Another reason is the feeling of following previous generations. My great-grandmother, grandmother and mother all stitched. It is my mother who taught me my first sewing skills.”

The themes of her work are predominantly about animals, often combining myths and fairytales with a play on words. Her animals live in another world in which they dream, dance, and celebrate life!


2021: WHITE - a group exhibition,3 - 28 March, Zimmerman Art Gallery, Palmerston North. DIG - An Irving-Lamb Family Art Exhibition,19 May - 30 June, Turner Centre, Kerkorian

2020: BOOM - A Comic and Cartoon Inspired Exhibition 27 Aug - 26 Sept at ROAR! Gallery; Gold Oct and Nov at Zimmerman Gallery: ROAR! Mince Pies - 26 Nov - 12 Dec

2019: All Good Things 18 - 24 February. Thistle Hall, Wellington.

2018: Last Light: group Show at The Makers, 65 Abel Smith St. April 27 - May 26

2017: ROAR! Mince Pies December 2017

2016: Creatures 5-31 May 2016 at ROAR! Gallery
Solander Christmas Exhibition - Made By Hand 27 Nov-24 Dec at Solander Gallery. 200 x 200, 27 Nov - 18 Dec at Kina NZ Design + Art Space.

2014: Grimm. 7 March – 1 April 2014 Kina NZ Design + Artspace, New Plymouth

2013: Myths and Legends - Matchbox, Wellington, 26 Nov - 8 Dec. Resolutions - Matariki Exhibition at The Poi Room, Auckland, June. Circus Spectacular - Roar Gallery, Wgtn, March

2012: Pirates at ROAR Gallery – May 2012

2011: 'I Say, I Say, I Say' – Roar Gallery, Wgtn, Nov. Twisted  Dolls –  Roar Gallery, Wgtn.

2010: Christmas Show – Roar Gallery, Wellington. Monsters – MyGalaxi, Wellington

2009: My Cuba Street – South Coast Gallery, Wgtn. Robot  Show – Thistle Hall, Wgtn Wgtn Fringe – Open Studios, Wgtn

2008: Wonderland – Toi Poneke, Wgtn. Roar Mince Pies – Roar Gallery, Wgtn. Capital Times – Best of Wellington 2008 Readers’ Poll. Voted Best Craft: Artist. Latitude 41 – Kina NZ Design + Art Space, New Plymouth. In the Grass – Quilts by Clare Smith and Stitched Beetles by Michele Irving – Minerva.  Teaching My Dog New Tricks – Roar Gallery.

2007: A Canvas in A Pear – Roar Gallery. Rewritten and Crafted Fairy Tales by Michele Irving – Roar Gallery.nROARski Wonderful World of Carnivalesque – Roar Gallery.

2006: Creatures of  Comfort – Roar Gallery. Post From home – Roar Gallery, Wgtn.

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