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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

Notions of an Ordinary Yarn – Exhibition

OFFICIAL OPENING: Friday 23rd October at 6pm All Welcome

DATES: 23rd October to 6th December 2015

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

The story of the everyday fascinates me, I find beauty and rhythm in my surroundings and ways to use this to record and tell the stories. As art has from the beginning of time, told the stories before me. I use the places and people as inspiration, raising the status and acknowledging the ordinary lives of the everyday.

I choose to use craft based practices, I find this helps make direct links between process and people. The layers of meaning […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:21+00:00 October 23rd, 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

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

Its Not All Blue

The pursuit of blue has taken me on lovely journey and into a new obsession with colour…. I was lucky to have a whole weekend where I could play, and with the easy to follow directions provided by Jenai of Alchemist Inside (link below) I was able to finally make some of the shibori samples that I have been looking at online and in books for what seems like ages.  It was so much easier than I had made it in my head.

IMPORTANT – use heavy duty thread i.e. linen or heavy weight quilting cotton thread, you can put a […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:24+00:00 August 29th, 2014|Blog|3 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

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

Learning Materials of Place

Preparing for the Workshop at The Cooroora Institute and mini Exhibition for Materials of Place meant a new body of work.  I have been exploring my own journeys and surroundings, using the dyeing process for a few years now. This was the first time I had been invited to present and explore. Having accountability and purpose really helped me stay on track, the workshop and exhibition are proving  a wonderful way to hone my skills and make the process repeatable and documented in a way that can be shared. My mud map and the initial collection pictured above is entitled […]

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

The Humble Nest

The humble nest has taken on a multitude of meanings, as I sit and construct and doodle in 3D, with whatever materials are on hand I find my mind drifting off on many tangents. As I become more aware of truly owning my footprint on this planet, value in everything that passes through my hands becomes apparent. Recycling and landfill become challenged as solutions for ‘waste’ that is created in our opulent society. I was given a  glass jar the other day, (with some leaves that I was trying to get some dye from) I asked, “Would you […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:24+00:00 March 29th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments

Why the Scarf?

This story is about why I spend endless hours making scarves, why not ranges of garments, or ‘fashion’?.

My upbringing was that of a preacher and a teachers’ daughter in the Northern Territory of Australia, our childhood was full of experiences not possessions. So as we moved to the city in my teenage years ‘brands’ and ‘fashion’ consumed me. I loved sewing and making and so the allure to work and be fashionable took me on a journey.

2013-04-15_15 GBI

(Golbourn Island NT Australia 1978 making paper Hats)

It is an interesting concept to explore the […]

By | 2017-02-27T15:02:24+00:00 February 22nd, 2014|Blog|0 Comments