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Notions of an Ordinary Yarn Opened by Tamsin Kerr

EXHIBITION DATES: 23rd October to 6th December 2015

Noosa Regional Gallery, Pelican Street, Tewantin, Qld, Australia

Dr Tamsin Kerr

Dr Tamsin Kerr, Cooroora Institute. October 2015

Opening Speach

I’d like to acknowledge the Kabi Kabi peoples and traditional owners of this land who understand the critical role of art as part of everyday life; who model ways of being in creative partnership with the natural world and its material thinking. We might acknowledge, learn from, and […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:21+00:00 October 27th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

50 Days with a Cotton Tree – Hibiscus tiliaceus

An excerpt from my exhibition The Notion of an Ordinary Yarn

Noosa Regional, Queensland, Australia  22nd October to 6th December 2015

The journey to make string has taught me so much about being with plants, and the absorption of process. I have delved into string, cordage, twine a number of times in the last few years. It is a subject that seems to repeat itself in fibre weaving classes. There are many techniques and twists so to speak, and string is as old as civilization, so I guess it goes to prove it is the simple things in life that […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:21+00:00 October 16th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

The Tree Project – First Installment

The beginning

It begins with a tree, I saw it lain down on the side of the road, partly dissected and incomplete. A great glorious tree, now saw dust, leaves and broken limbs fallen from great heights. An urge overtook me, well it took a few days to put this urge into action. I went and found a quiet back path to the place of the fallen tree. I gathered, planning on taking only what I could carry in my bright blue ikea sack, and I sat and photographed, and just was present with the tree for a while.

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:22+00:00 September 22nd, 2015|Blog|4 Comments

Materials of Place – The final chapter

Using materials from our surroundings to make art and objects was imparted on me at a young age. I was born in the city, and moved to Arnhem land in the Northern Territory as a child. This was a traditional island, weaving, carving, bark painting, dyeing fibre, gathering, hunting in season and preparing in the traditional ways was part of everyday life.

We were there for a few years, this planted the seed and my mother is a maker, spinning, weaving and stitching in the background. So my younger years were spent in this way. As a young adult my path […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:24+00:00 June 10th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Stretching my Wings and Learning to Fly

The highlight of last week was Kim Schoenberger’s exhibition at the Noosa Regional, I went to the artists talk for the exhibition “Expressions of Love II” and came away completely in love with the work and process, inspired to get going on some of my own projects. Kim began her journey with her mother over a cup of tea and in 2010 presented the first collection of work that shared her story of her mothers passing, using traditional women’s skills she crafted a quilt and other objects that were made entirely of tea bags collected by her mother and friends. […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:25+00:00 February 9th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Playing Around – More Scarves in the Workroom Shop…

Here is the latest out of the dye pot…. and they are now in the online shop….

And I will be at the markets. Love to see you there…

Friday 29th of November – Noosa Pengari Christmas Market – 2.30pm – 5pm 86 Nyell Road Doonan, Qld

Saturday 7th December – Chrystal Waters Eco Village 8.30am – 1pm 65 Kilcoy Lane Conondale, Qld

It’s so much fun giving permission to yourself to play, as an adult I find that my creativity is often hampered by the desire to deliver a perfect ‘result’. Initially when I started dyeing I was frugal with all my decisions, […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:26+00:00 November 23rd, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Lightly Escaping in Melbourne

A very quick trip to Melbourne, partly to source some new fabrics, trims and ideas and just as a break from the intensity of motherhood. After my last trip I am starting small this time 36 hours away and I will build from there in the next year. If you remember last time I went away to the Selling Yarns conference in Canberra I was away a week I had a great time… but at home I spent the next 6 months getting the kids back to functionality. Sounds dramatic, but one of my children is so very sensitive […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:26+00:00 August 30th, 2013|Blog|2 Comments

Road Trip to Lighting Ridge – Meet Stanley

Who is Stanley? Stanley is a new friend, he stands 18 metres tall and is on the highway as you head into Lightning Ridge.  He is an emu and is the brain child, well probably blood child of John Murray local artist of The Ridge. It has been such an inspiration watching this project come together, originally it was conceived as John drove across the desert near Birdsville, but thats 10,000 kms from Lightning Ridge and the logistics and funding just made it impossible. So John decided to make him in his hometown, and it has brought many parts of the […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:27+00:00 May 24th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

My Life is Changing

When can I call myself an Artist. 

There is  small window of time appearing for me to be an Artist.  I made sparodic attempts to begin this journey before, but never really been clear on how it all looks… of course an artists makes things, record images and ideas… but of what? And why….

Now its clearer, its an organic process an extension of my life, I can validate and acknowledge my emotional responses to everyday normal life. Its simple I am a mother, wife, sister, daughter and my interactions in family and community become my artwork. My process records this. Phew […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:28+00:00 March 10th, 2013|Blog|2 Comments

Selling Yarns 3, Weaving the Nations Story

Inspiring Quotes from the Conference …….   Canberra March 2013

“pinning craft on the wall doesn’t make fine art. Taking the tradition into a contemporary space into installations and experimenting with how the traditional uses of the form interpret into modern life is the ‘art’ of the object and concepts” Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll, Director of LOOK, artist

“Tradition is not Static” Christiane Keller, School of Archaeology and Anthropology, The Australian National University

“Culture evolves, Aunty Joice makes her scoops in the footy colours” Melanie Evans, Art Gallery Assistant, Wagga Wagga, Art Gallery

“need to maintain and protect cultural practices, make new forms from old, […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:28+00:00 March 3rd, 2013|Blog, Exhibitions|0 Comments