kate derum award 2017

Making Home, 2016 Tapestry weaving using silk, wool, cotton, synthetic thread and a found object 27 x 10 cm

Making Home is a small free standing tapestry weaving made of wool, silk, cotton and synthetic threads and a found object. The image is of my Opa from a photo of him in front of his new suburban house in Canberra after migrating from the Netherlands in the late 1950s. He looks down at a strange little ceramic creature who is staring back at him. This work is part of my practice-led project in painting and textiles which explores how seemingly trivial family keepsakes, curios and other objects can unlock memories of the past and provide an opportunity to be integrated with the present.