Samantha Tannous

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My conceptual practice exists in the liminal space between the real and imagined, landscape and dreamscape, wakefulness and sleep, a transitional zone where creativity and imagination have free reign.

Feltmaking with luxurious merino wool and silk fibres sits at the heart of my practice, with both wall hung and sculptural works emerging to disrupt the expectations of the viewer through form, texture and colour. My local environment in Jervis Bay on the NSW South Coast provides a peaceful sanctuary and an abundance of inspiration.

Alongside felt, I love experimenting with and incorporating other textile techniques such as dye, stitch and fabric manipulation. More armature and structure is appearing in my work, as well as surfaces created with gilding, heating and burning.

In 2022 I had my first solo exhibition, Under Cover, a bright and highly textured series of works using the conspicuous camouflage and disruptive coloration of the animal and insect kingdoms as a metaphor. The show included wall hangings and soft sculptures in layers of hand-dyed merino wool and silk ‘hankies’.