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Annette Nykiel wafta twenty five + image

Techniques: Botanical dyeing, finger plied string, coiling
Materials: Found timber, botanically dyed cloth, thread with a history
Dimensions (cms): H – 10, W – 50, D – 12
Photographer: Annette Nykiel 

Capsule. A dry fruit that opens when ripe after protecting and maturing seeds. A nurturing vessel that shelters the possibilities of new life and may provide food for replenishing the plied plants, people and planet.

This assemblage is a reminder that the multi species organism labelled ‘human’ is intimately entangled and interwoven with the Earth that encapsulates us. We are all complicit in the resource extraction that provides food, shelter and sustains our way of life often to the detriment
of others.

Interdisciplinary artist/researcher Dr Annette Nykiel’s geoscientist background informs her sustainable slow maker. A fibre/textile artist and arts worker, she creates natural bush dyed and hand stitched textiles and vessels from repurposed cloth, earth and windfall. She wonders about the precarity of soils and the interdependence of ecological systems including her own. 

Annette Nykiel wafta twenty five + image

Techniques: Botanical dyeing, finger plied string, coiling
Materials: Found organic vessels, cloth and threads with history
Dimensions (cms): H – 5, W – 60, D – 8
Photographer: Annette Nykiel 

To assemble is a purposeful coming together. Foraged plant fibres or plant pigmented, gifted woollen threads bind scraps of old bed sheets finger plied into string and coiled into tiny baskets. Sheets that carry traces of the more than human bodies they sheltered still in intimate contact with the fluids of plants that colour them, and the animal fibres that reshape and contain them with the tension of their making. Intricate and intimate vessels, some made slowly by my hand, and some by Eucalyptus and Santalum and modified by Calyptorhynchus or Barnardius are purposefully assembled to invite wonder and contemplation.

Interdisciplinary artist-researcher Dr Annette Nykiel’s geoscientist background informs her sustainable slow making. A fibre/textile artist and artsworker, she creates natural bush dyed and hand stitched textiles and vessels from repurposed cloth, earth and windfall. She wonders about the precarity of soils and the interdependence of ecological systems including her own. 

Wafta twentyFIVE + crossover
on-line catalogue

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

wafta exhibition catalogue