Tom of Holland
Lives Brighton, UK
Listen to Tom, interviewed by Eddie Ayres on Radio National. The Hub on Art – Wed 8 Aug 2018.
‘Skilled in techniques including crochet, knitting and sewing, Tom of Holland’s repair work highlights the relationship between garment and wearer that has developed over time, creating clothing that is as unique as the history that created it.’
Tom van Deijnen (aka Tom of Holland) is a textile artist and skilled fabric repairer of repute in the northern hemisphere. His ‘Visible Mending Programme’ of workshops and commissioned repairs is playing a growing role in the global movement to make the best of what we already have.
Tom is fascinated by sustainability and the rich history of British textiles. He has a deep understanding of fabrics and garments, their characteristics and traditional mending techniques. His mending skills and services are in demand through his Visible Mending Programme of public workshops and commissions, which encourage us to rethink our attitudes towards clothing and throw-away culture.
Tom was recently selected in the Top 10, out of over a 100 talented (young) designers who participated in the ‘Design Contest 2017 | Reinventing Textiles’ at the TextielMuseum in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Participants designed a special product or material. The jury, Simone Post, Martijn van Strien and Suzan Rüsseler, described Tom’s work:
In his project Tom shows a restoration can be an addition to the looks of a textile product. By making the repair stand out he reinforces its user history and makes it even more valuable for the owner.
The Visible Mending Programme
Tom’s Visible Mending Programme highlights that the art and craftsmanship of clothes repair is particularly relevant in a world where more and more people voice their dissatisfaction with fashion’s throwaway culture. By exploring the story behind garment and repair, the Programme reinforces the relationship between the wearer and garment, so people can wear their existing clothes for longer, with a beautiful darn worn as a badge of honour. By writing a blog, running darning workshops and taking repair work commissions Tom provides mending inspiration, skills and services to people in the hope that it persuades them that shop-bought clothes deserve care and attention too, just like a precious hand-knit.
Tom’s trip to share his skills in WA is made possible by the initiative of Maker&Smith.
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Lives Perth, WA
We are delighted that Sharyn is able to join us to share her journey as an artist who employs traditional weaving techniques and other craft practices in her art and large scale public art commissions.
Sharyn Egan is a Wadjuk Noongar woman who describes herself as a painter, sculptor and collector. She began creating art at the age of 37, which lead to her enrolling in a Diploma of Fine Arts at the Claremont School of Art in Perth. She completed this course in 1998 andenrolled in the Associate Degree in Contemporary Aboriginal Art course at Curtin University which she completed in 2000. In 2001 she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (Arts) from Curtin University. She has also been awarded a Certificate VI in Training and Education in 2011.
The themes of Sharyn’s work are informed by the experiences of her life as a Nyoongar woman. Sharyn works in a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture and woven forms using traditional and contemporary fibres. Her woven works include traditionally styled contemporary forms and baskets, as well as sculptural forms often based on flora and fauna that has totemic significance for the Nyoongar people.
Her work of oils, natural ochres, resins and acrylics on canvas as well as natural fibre woven sculptures is informed by her experience growing up at New Norcia and comments upon the associated trauma, emotions and a deep sense of loss and displacement experienced by Aboriginal people.
Bernard Ashton Kerr
Lives Glen Forrest, WA
Bernard Kerr is a WA-based practicing artist, largely working in the field of ceramics. An active contributor to the visual arts, craft and education sectors, Bernard exhibits regularly and is an experienced specialist in the International Baccalaureate.
He has been the Curriculum Leader for the Arts and Coordinator for Theory of Knowledge at Scotch College in Perth, Western Australia and the Director of Teaching and Learning and Coordinator, Middle School at Binus School, Jakarta, Indonesia. Bernard also works for the International Baccalaureate as a Field Representative and Workshop Leader in Visual Arts and Theory of Knowledge. Currently he is working in the Technical and Further Education sector, specialising in Ceramics. He also runs his own educational consultancy in Perth.
Bernard will speak at Craft-Re-Work about the international ceramic exchange that saw Tamil ceramicist Kasirajan Subbaiah come to share the tradition of making terracotta horses, for the Habits of Horses community art event in Midland and Mundaring in 2017.
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