Deeply Felt exhibition opens 5pm Friday 29 June
Runs until Sunday 28 July
Zela Bissett’s works in the exhibition Deeply Felt, show an artist’s journey in reconciling two apparently disparate media, wool felt and cast paper. The works represent an innovative marriage between plant and animal fibres. The rich colours and textures of wool and silk contrast with the earthy feel of hand-made botanical papers, reconciled largely through the intermediary of patient and delicate embroidery.
This exhibition traces the development of Zela’s relationship with wool felt from her first encounter and early experiments, such as Water Stories, to her recent complex wearable garments with environmental themes including Defender’s Vest and Rainbow Warrior.
Zela’s journey with handmade botanical papers occurred concurrently with her exploration of felting. After being introduced to making paper from cooked and beaten plant fibres, Zela discovered she could use her skills as a clay worker to make clay masters of low-relief sculptures and cast the reverse image in plaster.
When the newly-formed paper sheet is pressed into such a plaster mould, the paper takes the forms of the mould in a very permanent manner, and with surprising strength. In works such as Song of the Seasons, multiple iterations of the same mould can be seen, individualised by the use of different plant fibres and decorative treatments, combined by the woollen felted background of rich greens.
Felting Workshop - Thursday July 5 from 10.30am to 2pm at Wan'din'in arts space Eumundi
Cost $40 includes materials used
Zela will introduce participants to some of the techniques used in the textile facets of Deeply Felt. There will be an opportunity to complete two felt items using wet and dry felting techniques.
To book phone Zela on 0400366195 or visit her website at www.zela.com