29 March 2015
Tea towels are a necessity of domestic life. Exciting to buy new ones, all bright and crisp.
Often they serve as reminders of a great holiday or outing.
They wipe and dry benches and hands. Get hung over kitchen nobs, oven handles or backs of kitchen doors.
Accidents happen to them all the time...burns, stains, cuts.
They never complain. Always there when we need them and then thrown away when they don’t look so good after all that we put them through.
I cannot throw mine away, just can’t. But can’t use them either.
So they sit in a drawer all frayed and stained, tired and old. Just waiting for something to do...
until Joylines, an exercise in reinvention, by turning rags into symbols of joy.
The Redfern Biennale was once again happening and the notion behind the art event is try and change the way people perceive what is regarded as rubbish, junk, trash in our society.
Therefore, how perfect would it be to take old, stained tea towels and with a cut here and a stich there, a bit of string transform them into the symbols of celebratory anticipation.
Joylines were born.