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Kaye Guthrie Adonis

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Not Perfect!

Kaye Guthrie Adonis wafta twenty five + image

Techniques: Painting, bleaching, stapling
Materials: Denim, bleach, aerosol, PVC, staples
Dimensions (cms): H – 300, W – 100
Photographer: @aka.artwear

When I decided to do this piece, I wondered how WAFTA would respond. Denim, bleach, PVC and staples. I had to stay true to myself, this is who I am.

Bold, strong, sensitive, fearless, honest, gentle, loving, kind, protective, nurturing, driven, resilient and beautiful – Women must be all these things every day.

I created this piece for everyone but especially for women.
I asked 3 questions to a group of women;
1. Tell a word that best describes you?
2. Someone who inspires you?
3. A favourite part of your body?

The majority found question 3 the most difficult to answer. This inspired me to create a textile that shows strength, acceptance and transparency.

Denim represents our strength. Bleach, our sensitivity and destructive nature. Aerosol represents the unknown but going there because we must. PVC represents transparency about our achievements, our bodies, our minds. Staples represent how, despite all external pressures, we must hold it all together. At the same time none of us are perfect.

Not Perfect is dedicated to Coretta Scott King, ‘Women, If the soul of the nation is to be saved, then I believe we must become its soul.’ 

My work is genuine and authentic. Music inspires me most as it reflects my mood. From Beyonce to The Beatles it is all about emotion. Fearless and nonchalant, there are NO mistakes in my work. It’s experimental and fun! Whilst my textiles are primarily created with fashion in mind, I work organically without a plan or strategy. FREESTYLE!

Kaye Guthrie Adonis wafta twenty five + image

Technique: Heat transfer
Materials: Sari silk, silk
Dimensions (cms): H – 300, W – 100
Photographer: @aka.artwear

When I joined WAFTA I wasn’t sure about how I’d fit in; the story of my life really!

I’m so glad I joined, as I realise that creatively, I am essentially a fabric designer. I create specific textiles that are designed for fashion applications.
Authenticity and integrity is the key; my work reflects how I’m feeling at that time. There is a message in every piece I create, as I am looking to ask questions and elicit a response. Whilst my textiles are primarily created with fashion in mind, I work organically without a plan or strategy. FREESTYLE!

Using a non traditional technique, I decided to push this one medium as far as I could. Heat transfer – essentially using heat to transfer an image onto fabric.

This piece expresses how I feel about my time and experiences in Perth, Australia. When I first arrived in Australia 17 years ago, I knew all about the beaches and blue skies. No one mentioned the sharks, spiders, snakes, the waves, flooding, heat, bush fires and let’s not forget the Sunday session.

Using colours and beautiful silk and satin as a juxtaposition would somehow represent some of the harsh realities that come with living in one of the world’s most diverse and complex continents.

My work is genuine and authentic. Music inspires me most as it reflects my mood. From Beyonce to The Beatles it is all about emotion. Fearless and nonchalant, there are NO mistakes in my work. It’s experimental and fun! Whilst my textiles are primarily created with fashion in mind, I work organically without a plan or strategy. FREESTYLE!

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