An exhibition of carbon, wood, wire and textiles exploring themes of regeneration, revival and affection.
by Carly Leech and Kendall Bryant
13th April to 13th May
I have been working in textiles for over eighteen years starting as a weaver. I studied at the Melbourne College of Textiles in Brunswick.
After many years of making flat work on weaving looms I decided I wanted to explore three-dimensional work. With no guidelines, I slowly developed my bowls over two years discovering new techniques and products to help me along the way. I started with bird’s nests, then cups and saucers and now gardens. I evolved my skills into free motion machine embroidery or drawing with a sewing machine to form my new creations. I love the joy they bring me.
I mainly stitch on to yarn and silk forming gardens and flowers.
I am very much influenced by nature and captivated by the different shapes and colours of flowers, leaves, bird’s nests, cocoons and landscapes.
I love the feeling at the end of completing a project and thinking ‘Wow, I made that!’
Carly was also part of a successful exhibition in the Bolin Bolin Gallery , “Triple Stitch”, in November 2016. Read more.
South African, Canadian, and now proudly Australian, visual and performance artist.
Drawing from a background in Anthropology and humanitarian work in addition to over 20 years in theatre (as a director, writer, producer and performer), I believe strongly in the power of the arts to challenge us, encourage us to explore ideas and to open our minds to new possibilities.
I have worked extensively in outreach and development theatre in various corners of the world where I became fascinated with the use of space, light, colour, movement and tone to compose a story and elicit emotion.
Recently I have become increasingly occupied with visual storytelling and using materials and mark making to communicate the human experience.
For this exhibition I drew upon my experience as an African, a woman and a mother: the land, the colours, the textures; the power and strength, the fragility and vulnerability; and the raw beauty and relentless tenacity of the mother-child bond.