I had a fantastic time weaving at E For Ethel as part of their ‘Creatives In Residence’ for the Adelaide Fringe Festival yesterday! I was trying very hard not to do my ‘concentration face’ while people were taking photos, haaha!!
Thanks to the lovely people I chatted to, hopefully I’ve inspired some to take up weaving!! For those reading this who are wondering, my loom is an Ashford 8 shaft table loom 😉
2015, cross stitch with wool on canvas – 59cm x 42cm (23.2″ x 16.5″)
This piece took over 100 hours to complete – it is effectively a self portrait, as I took elements from my Astrological birth chart and overlayed them on the spider’s web. The piece was inspired by an art competition that I am entering (the Emma Hack Art Prize), which gave the theme of ‘Humanity In Nature’. I enjoyed the contrast between my ‘slow art’ and the delicate spider’s web which is never permanent.
Here’s the ‘official’ statement for the piece:
Exploring the juxtaposition between instinctive, elemental nature, and the human need to intellectualise these same forces, ‘Identity’ uses Astrology to present the interrelation of humanity in nature.
I will be spending more time this year entering art competitions and trying to get my work ‘out there’ – whether they are accepted or not, it’s the process of creating art and getting it out into the world that is the main thing!