Monday, 9 June 2014

Amandas Exhibition Pieces

Another very talented member of our COOTS group is Amanda Hasselman. Amanda's background started with various handcrafts and specifically wool felting, she has now moved to fabric and thread as a means to 'paint'.

At the time leading up to our exhibition there was fierce debate going on regarding a proposed tunnel to be constructed between Glenorchy (where Amanda lives) and Milford. These three pieces were in response to that. Here is her blurb from the catalogue:
Our iconic World Heritage status at the Head of the Lake is being challenged by a proposal to construct a tunnel between the Routeburn and the Hollyford valleys. Our National Parks are too precious to vandalise; these works are inspired by early tourism posters, which promote a slower pace of travel, with time to smell the beech trees. Recycled blankets have been appliqu├ęd with hand dyed silk and silk velvet and densely stitched.
 Amanda Hasselman

 Amanda Hasselman

 Amanda Hasselman
This piece is 'thread painted'

 Summer Dry
Amanda Hasselman


 Kea Kaha
Amanda Hasselman
Created for WOW but not accepted last year. ‘Kia Kaha’ was the rallying cry of the Christchurch earthquake and for me the kea symbolises strength and native resourcefulness. The dress is our iconic mountain landscape, which is so symbolic of the kiwi ‘can do’ attitude and resilience. The jacket and hat are recycled blankets and the dress is painted canvas that has been heavily machine stitched

Everyone, and especially Amanda was very pleased when consents for the tunnel were turned down. 

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