'Altered Yarns' by Tamlin Blake

6 February, 2013

In this exhibition Tamlin Blake presents an ongoing body of work comprising a series of tapestries woven from recycled, handspun newspaper.


17 – 31 May 2013
Private Viewing 17 May 2013 at 6pm
London (address TBC)

Forming part of the Spier Collection, Blake's tapestry artworks have been exhibited to great acclaim at the Spier wine estate in Stellenbosch and as a solo exhibition at the Joburg Art Fair in September 2012. Spier published the limited edition book 'Tamlin Blake' (2012) as a result of their ongoing collaboration with the artist. Designed in collaboration with the artist and with text written by Jackie McInnes, the book covers Blake's entire practice. Tamlin Blake is a South African artist known for her ongoing pursuit to annul the accepted boundaries that exist between illustration, craft and art. Her work engages marginalised art mediums and techniques in an exploration of concepts such as belonging and alienation, from indigenous versus alien vegetation, to cultural identity and acceptance on a human level.

Created by Blake over an extended and labour-intensive period of time, the collection of tapestry artworks investigate concepts concerning the many ways in which our lives are shaped by the stories of others. Blake explains her practice, 'I am interested in working, visually and conceptually, with how stories weave themselves around us, influencing what we do and how we think. Tapestry itself is traditionally a form of story telling. Like the newspaper they are printed on, these used and discarded tales have been reinvented and recycled, woven back and forth in an intricate pattern to form images, which then in turn create a new contemporary narrative.' Blake (2012)

Blake majored in sculpture during her undergraduate studies, and then specialised in botanical art and received both her Honours (1999) and Masters Degree (2001) from the University of Stellenbosch.

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