Kirry Toose

Toose, Kirry_ Keepers

Artist Statement

My artwork and practice is created as a response to a subject matter or topic, through the use of textiles as an artform.

My art wear and subsequent installations are optimistic in their intent and essence, hoping to breakdown the perceived barriers within the genres of fibre and using the body form as the carrier.

Art to be worn is my trademark.

The constant challenge in this chosen artpractice, both in design and technical abilities, defines me and the evolution of my personal skills.

As a textile artist – I focus on the tactile.
As a designer – I focus on the concept and visual impart.
As a tutor and convenor – my passion is raising the profile of the textile and fibre arts within the public arena – through exhibitions and education.

Education:
1973     Dress Design Diploma, National Art School, East Sydney
2014     Open Studio- Photography, Northern Sydney Institute
2011     Fine Arts Diploma, Northern Sydney Institute

Group Exhibitions (selected)
untethered fibre artists inc.
2018       un:Seen  – Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2018       Synthesis – GalleryONE88, Katoomba, NSW
2018       inTransit –  Tuggeranong Arts Centre, ACT
2018       Stitched up – The Embroiderer’s Guild, NSW
2017       inTransit – Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2017       Stitched up – The Lock-Up, Newcastle, NSW
2017       ebb and flow – Muswellbrook Regional Gallery, NSW
2017       ebb and flow – Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT
2016       ebb and flow –  Wallarobba Arts & Cultural Centre, NSW
2015       Out of Hand  – Wallarobba Arts & Cultural Centre, NSW

Recent Exhibitions:
2018     The Indecisive Moment – Concourse Art Space, Chatswood
2016     Apple & – Head-on Photo Festival
2015     Contemplate – Concourse Art Space, Chatswood
2014     Peat Island – Gosford Regional Gallery
2014     Food Inc– Lane Cove Gallery (Good Food Week)
2013     Burnt – Willoughby Incinerator Gallery  

Australia Textile and Surface Design Association (ATASDA)
2018      The Space in Between –Palm House Gallery, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydne
2016      facade – Palm House Gallery, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
2014      Future . . . Past –  Palm House Gallery, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
2012      Fragment – Palm House Gallery, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
2010      Voyages of the Imagination – Palm House Gallery, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
2008       Out of the Blue – Palm House Gallery, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
2007       From the Earth Palm House Gallery, Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney
2006       Off the Grid – Palm House Gallery, Royal Botanic Garden (RBG), NSW
2006       Up over Down Under –  NSW Parliament House Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2005       Ornamentum Speciosum Textillli –  Palm House Gallery,
RBG, Sydney, NSW
2004       Flights of Fancy Palm House Gallery, Royal Botanic Garden (RBG), NSW

Early Exhibitions of Note:
Alexandra Palace London.   Art to Wear
Up Over, Down Under – Pittsburgh USA   
Transformations – Fairfield Regional Gallery and Museum    .   
The Colour of Night – Fairfield Regional Gallery and Museum    
Orange Regional Gallery Collaborative Textile exhibition
Awards and Prizes:
Winner, Wearable Art,  Expertise Events 2012, 2nd place 2011
Finalist, World of Wearables  (WOW) New Zealand, 2006, 2007, 2008
Supreme Award Winner, Fashion Flair and Fantasy, Canberra, National Museum
Supreme Award Winner, Fashion Fantasia Tasmania, winner in two categories.

Professional experience
2014 –               untethered fibre artists inc. Convenor, Founder
1999 – 2005      ATASDA NSW President and Committee,
Convenor & foundation member ATASDA Palm House Exhibition Committee

Publications
2017                 ebb and flow, untethered group, Textile Fibre Forum, Issue 128 image p18
2016                 Out of Hand, untethered group, Down Under Textiles, Issue 24
Textiles            HSC Curriculum Text Book
Quilt Arts         USA
Textiles            Textile and Fibre Arts
Fibreline, TAFTA Magazine and numerous other publications.