In Place, Entwined

Martien Van Zuilen wafta twenty five + image

Techniques: Wet felting, dyeing, twining
Materials: Merino fleece, windfall leaves from the North Midlands region (Eucalyptus rodantha, Eucalyptus loxophleba, Acacia acuminata and Eucalyptus salmonophloia), sasawashi cord
Dimensions (cms): H – 30, W – 100
Photographer: Bewley Shaylor

In 2021 I undertook a three month arts residency in the North Midlands, researching the history of sheep farming and its continuing presence in the region. I came looking for wool and was given so much more. I felt intrinsically at home. Entwined in place, the landscape, and community. An immersive, nuanced sense of belonging.

As a felt artist and maker, I am captivated by the process of transforming loose wool fibres into distinctive sculptural works, entirely by hand. My current work examines notions of landscape, place, temporality and belonging. Natural dyeing and basketry techniques also form part of my practice.

Wafta twentyFIVE + crossover
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includes essay by Erin Coates, Wafta history, images and statements from artists on the 42 art-works exhibited

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