For over 10 years, I have had a connection to the Pilbara through my husband’s work. Each time I visit Karratha and it’s astonishing landscape, I am drawn to the flora that thrives in this dry tropical land.
The absolute stand out for me is the Sturt Desert Pea (Swainsona Formosa). Its brilliance, resilience, abundance, clarity of hue, continually call me to paint, draw and weave about this flower and its unforgiving environment.
My response to this showy survivor is a series of small woven tapestries inspired from drawings en plein air, showing its colour, its habitat, its lifecycle, its life force.
These tapestries are woven using a cotton warp and wool, silk and mercerised cotton in the weft.