Two things have driven the development of this joint exhibition by Cindy Watkins and Debra Wills, a love of trees and textiles.
The Hidden Life of Trees is inspired by the native forests of Tasmania and the book by Peter Wohlleben of the same name that explores the complex system through which trees communicate, nurture, defend and support each other through their root systems and live in symbiotic relationship with fungi, birds, insects and animals. Just the thought of trees living such a rich life, communicating, nurturing and mourning each other in their tight knit communities had both Watkins and Wills diving for their respective sewing machine and needles.
Cindy Watkins lives and works as a textile artist in the Central Highlands of the Great Western Tires in Northern Tasmania. She has won many awards for her textile work and has been published in magazines in Australia and America. Her work hangs in private collections throughout Australia and internationally. The natural world is her inspiration especially Tasmanian flora and fauna.
Debra Wills is a textile artist who works with botanical contact printing dyeing on wool, silk and paper inspired by nature in all its beautiful diversity. Moving from rural NSW to Lower Wilmot, Tasmania in 2014 Debra express her love and experience of nature in its many moods. Her work has been exhibited in Regional Art Galleries across Australia.
A selection of her SLOW SEWN range of naturally dyed, hand sewn, wearable art garments are available in the Wilderness gallery shop.