Texere: new woven surfaces on fabric
Past Event

Texere: New Woven Surfaces on Fabric

Presented by Tolarno Galleries


Thu 18 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Fri 19 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sat 20 May 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Tue 23 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Wed 24 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Thu 25 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Fri 26 May 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sat 27 May 1:00pm - 4:00pm


Free, no booking required


Tolarno Galleries - Gallery 1
104 Exhibition St, 104 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia


Accessible bathroom All gender bathroom Wheelchair accessible

Texere: New Woven Surfaces On Fabric is the very first solo exhibition in Melbourne of textiles designed by Kieren Karritpul who is from Nauiyu/ Daly River in the Northern Territory.

Texere: New Woven Surfaces On Fabric creates a space that invokes memory, joy & the vastness of the landscape that is the genesis of these textiles.’  In this exhibition Kieren Karritpul has used fabric lengths and various printing techniques including screen printing, stencil and lino printing. Often techniques are layered on top of each other, revealing and concealing time, history and stories. The stories become woven in layers, imaginary, colour, repetition and lines combining  to create stories and histories of an indigenous life from a contemporary artist living a traditional life.

Tolarno Galleries will launch Kieren’s newest textiles in a dramatic installation that will showcase textile as a major contemporary art form. The exhibition will feature 10 metre lengths of fabric. The lengths reflect the artist’s relationship to land and his culture. Each length presents layers in a long complex history combining the past with the present. Donald Holt, Design Director at Hola Projects, has been engaged to design Kieren Karritpul’s installation: ‘We want to express the nature of cotton, chiffon and silk in motion: an allusion to flick of a hem & a rustle of a breeze.


Kieren Karritpul

In 2014 Kieren Karritpul won the inaugural Youth Award at the 31st Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards for his textile work, ‘Yerrgi.’ ‘Yerrgi’ depicts bundles of prepared and dyed Yerrgi (Pandanus) ready for weaving.

In 2020, Kieren Karritpul was awarded Textile Artist of the Year at the inaugural National Indigenous Fashion Awards presented by the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation, which led to his collaboration with Country Road Homewares in 2021.

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