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Exhibition – Hanna Woolley and Duncan Meerding
June 3, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - July 5, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Fibre and Light – Opening 5.30pm, Friday 3 June
Exhibition continues until Tuesday 5 July
Hanna mixes the age-old tradition of wet felting with a modern twist. Capturing natures’ textures and patterns using natural fibres, both her stylised and abstract pieces will lure you into a tactile experience. The hangings are layered with superfine merino wool, high lustre silk, cotton and sustainable threads such as sari silk waste and ethically sourced cocoons.
Hanna’s inspiration is drawn from beach combing, rock pools and the whimsy of lichens and mosses that are observed, thoughtfully collected, and treasured while taking walks with her family around the East Coast of Tasmania. Forest colours are highlighted and reflected throughout the exhibition.
Through his work Duncan aims to explore simplistic forms and the way light performs around them. Whether that is the silhouette cast by the furniture piece itself, or the light cast from within. The form of each item is as important as the light cast on the surrounding surface – be it the shards of light bursting from the varying Cracked Log designs or the light patterns cast from the propellers on the ceiling and the walls.
Duncan’s work is influenced by the natural environment. Utilising sustainable, durable materials is at the core of his design process.
“Sustainability and a focus on the environment are present in every step of our process. The majority of timber is sourced either from waste materials or else from faster growing robust timber varieties. Marrying traditional, hand-made techniques with modern manufacturing technologies, small-scale production ensures that each object is built to last. All items are designed and produced in Tasmania, keeping in mind sustainability and social responsibility through out the whole process.”
Wild Island supports ethical and sustainable use of Tasmanian timbers.