Tammy Kanat is a Melbourne-based artist whose recent work has focused on tapestries woven around an oval-shaped copper frame. These large-scale textile art are inspired by nature, fashion, architecture, objects and other creatives. Each stunning wall hanging is made from hand-woven plush yarns and chunky wool of various thicknesses. On Color Me Quirky blog she gives this advice to freelancers:
“I was told this story and I would give this advice to all artisans. My friend travelled to the other side of the world to see a famous musician. He came out to sing and play his beautiful instrument however he was very sick with the flu, he played to the crowd and his music was exceptional. At the end of the performance a crowd member thanked him for making the effort to come and sing for everyone even though he was so unwell. The singer looked at the man in the audience totally confused and he said to him. I do not come out on the stage to sing for you I come out on this stage to sing for myself because it makes me feel good and happy. I would say to any artist don’t lose touch with why you originally embarked on your artistic journey! It is great if others can appreciate it but at the core your best work is when you stay true to yourself.”
Images: Courtesy of Tammy Kanat.