'Bower' was a group show (that ran from 1 - 17 August 2014) that I took part in and co-curated at the No Vacancy Project Space in Federation Square as part of the Craft Cubed Festival 2014.
"Reflecting on themes of nature and nurture through the practice of craft, Bower is an exhibition featuring works by six Melbourne based textile designers.
Through the mediums of weave, knit, print and illustration, each designer has explored the notion, that the process of making by hand allows us to form a connection with ourselves and others.
Throughout their residency, the collective will create and develop an immersive environment, inviting visitors to partake in the process of making textiles by hand."
I started making my pieces (below) without much thought to start with - but by the end - because of some personal things going on in my life at the time, it became infused with meaning.
The hanging 'nest' on the left I called 'Protect Us'. I used mostly found materials; peach tree, wool tops, wool yarn, lurex, cotton rope, twine and cat hair. My boss gave me the peach tree clippings and I had already decided to used whatever I already had or what came to me - so it wasn't till after that I realised the significance of the peach tree in many cultures. Meaning can come before after or during the process and as a maker I think the best thing is when you are able to go with the flow of the work and let it take you where it wants to go.
My artist statement for the collection of work: ' My home is my sanctuary ad my most special place, so it seemed only natural that my nest reflect that space - warm and inviting, colourful and covered in cat hair. Peach trees are powerful symbol of protection, longevity and health and a very apt talisman for me right now.'
Some of my friends also had beautiful work in this exhibition - gallery below.