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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 Planthunter – Anne Harris in the Artist’s Studio

“The Planthunter is an online magazine devoted to celebrating plants and the varied ways humans interact with them.” www.theplanthunter.com.au

October 2015 ART Issue #24

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By | 2017-02-27T15:02:22+00:00 October 15th, 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

Dyeing to Resist the Fold at Sunspace

On a beautiful sunny day we gathered and I facilitated some fast and furious Shibori techniques using local natural dyes. The dyes were prepared in the two weeks prior,  I gathered Citrus leaves from a day of pruning, turmeric had just died off and was ready for harvest, a branch of eucalyptus that I had been saving from a storm a while ago, good old faithful red onion skins and Zig Zag wattle seeds.

As this was all about the resist, I really wanted colours that would make it easy for the participants to see what they had achieved. We used Silk […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:22+00:00 August 22nd, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

The Churchie National Emerging Artist Art Prize

This is the first time that I have been selected for an art prize, so a very exciting and nervous time. Creating the Installation instructions, Packaging and delivering the finished work were all part of the learning curve. Arriving at the VIP opening reminded me of days gone by in Sydney when I lived another life.

Seeing my work beautifully installed, next to Robert Andrews works was a very happy moment. It took me ages before I actually went over and looked at my work, read the statement (as if for the first time), I felt quite shy about being near […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:22+00:00 August 11th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

eARTh Magazine ISSUE 7 Artist and Autodidacts

The Process of Ordinary

Sitting with women making, gathering and preparing materials for work is part of the way I remember my childhood. My mother is a maker, a sewer, a spinner, a weaver, and as a small child, for a few years, my family moved to Arnhem Land, in Remote Northern Australia. This was a traditional island, their connection to culture mostly intact, weaving, carving, bark painting, dyeing fibre, gathering, hunting in season and traditional law were part of their everyday life.

The innate knowledge of art and craft was imprinted in these early years, I never considered the process, it […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:22+00:00 July 14th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Bower Bird Blues – Tambourine Mountain

A clear blue sky at a property in the Tambourine Mountains (Queensland, Australia), during the warm January of this year (2015). Posting this a little late, but the images from the days spent dyeing, sewing, and making amulets are a nice reminder of the learning. A trio of women conceived the idea and brought the blues to life. India Flint, Roz Hawker and Tarla Edwards were the hosts. The property where the workshop was held has an inspiring garden, nearly self sustaining in its practice. We had a tour one day and the array of food that is grown there […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:23+00:00 May 30th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments

Interruptions and Exhibitions

The day finally came, the work was finished, stretched and hung. The mentoring process that Kim and Gallery 159 provided has been a wonderful nurturing, and helpful process. I felt very prepared for the opening, and it was a wonderful group of people both physical and online that showed their support and appreciation of our work. Please accept my heartfelt thank you to everyone that is participated in this ongoing process.

The interruptions of love and making artwork becomes a clearer and clearer path as my journey unfolds, over the past week there have been two tragic passings of people in […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:23+00:00 September 17th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Colour and Inspiration

Upcoming Exhibition

The last few months have passed in a blur, my head down working on the final preparation for the upcoming exhibition in September. Contemporary artist Kim Schoenberger has been mentoring me while I put together a body of work entitled ‘Lovingly Interrupted’ which will be shown along side Kim’s own established work ‘Expressions of Love II’. I feel immensely gracious to have this opportunity and petrified as well to really, truly have a body of work that will be in a public space, opening 14th September 3.30pm at Gallery 159, Payne Road, The Gap, Brisbane.

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:24+00:00 August 11th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments