We are blessed at The Sound Temple to have Zetta Kanta join us from Melbourne as a selected Artist in Residence to host Artist Talks and workshops here in the Perth Hills as part of our annual ‘Common Threads Woven Through Community’ Project.
Award-winning fibre artist, Zetta Kanta, resides at the feet of Wilsons Prom and works from her home studio creating impressionist-style, modern wall-hangings and tapestries that resemble paintings, rather than a non-woven fabric.
Her approach to this ancient material – wool – is refreshing and innovative. Rawness and honesty underline the beauty of this slow-to execute art form, and it can take up to three months to create one piece. “I am passionate about creating a home environment that is gentle and soft. Everyday choice of treading softly on this earth starts with us.” Philosophy of wabi-sabi (侘寂) is strongly present in Zetta’s work. “The material lends itself to it. Whenever I work with wool and other natural fibres I have to let go of the tendency to control things and observe the world in a whole new way, accepting its imperfections and making peace with the flow of the life.”
The essence of Zetta’s work is to recognise the gifts of simple, natural living, and to treasure what we already have. Her pieces of art bring a sense of calm, presence and beauty to the viewer and help them to find happiness in the simplicity of their own situation. “My pieces invite you to reconnect with nature while adding character and story to your space. I would like to think I make stories and feelings rather than art, it has to evoke feeling to be successful.”
Zetta mainly works with Interior designers and architects to bring this philosophy of calm into homes or workspaces. Her work is displayed in public spaces and has also wooed the hearts of many private collectors both in Australia and internationally.
Common Threads Woven Through Community is a month long community engagement project which includes topics of integrating sustainability, creativity, and traditional hand-crafted wisdom of the ages.
Our 2020 theme embraces the inter connection of our living world – the seen and unseen “The Pollination of Life” exploring the underlying connections between artists, creatives, sustainable enterprises and movements. As we all carry a thread that collaboratively weaves the health and wellbeing of our collective future on this planet.
These events are designed to share art and craft forms and exchange knowledge, to open participants up to a new way of life, they encourage the questioning of our thought patterns, they support the dissolving of old belief systems bringing a sense of belonging. You will feel deeply inspired by being part of a continuing impulse of considerable change.