Tara Kennedy
My textile work started from a need to express the unity of my mixed cultural heritage. The despair I feel of different cultures and religions suffering in conflict drives me to express important messages of acceptance,  empathy and hope. Through understanding these messages there could be more harmonious outcomes.  My work is about creating expressions of unity and hope emerging from this pain. The context leaves an impression on the viewer, leaving them to contemplate and consider.  A mixture of materials are used including yarns, threads and fabrics,  chosen for their soft tactile quality.  My techniques involve knitting, stitch, wrapping, felting and knotting with which various forms are constructed, including soft sculptures and hangings. Detailed  drawings sit alongside as a contrasting medium creating an alternative view. My practice  as an artist is continually evolving and I plan to explore many other concerning themes. 
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