We’re so delighted to be a corporate sponsor for the High Tees Artist in residency program and Artist Champion for Darelle Knight – Darelle and 3 other emerging artists have all created a Kollection that inspires the need for a conversation and education around climate change and the impact on future generations : Hear why Climate Change is Important from Darelle Knight:
In her own words: Because I believe in doing the right thing. Because I believe in science. Because I trust people that work hard and strive for truth. Because I watched Captain Planet everyday after primary school and to this day still strongly believe that looting and polluting is not the way. Because I am living in an environment and have a responsibility to a) not be a dick to that environment and b) take action when I see someone or something being a dick to that environment – these are basic rules for being a human, not extremist.
Because I am an aunty and want a safe and healthy environment for the future. Because I am a granddaughter and I want to be proud, not ashamed, of how the planet was cared for during my time on it. Because I believe Climate Action is good for the economy. Because I believe there are already no-brainer actionable changes governments and businesses can make. Because I believe in good winning over evil. Because I believe the issue is complex and worth talking about.
Because I believe that even though I can have an opposing view of an issue to someone, we will still have something in common and if we speak respectfully and listen, there is much we can achieve and change can happen. I am concerned with the divisiveness of society. I don’t think that is something new in humanity, but it is definitely more apparent in our homes and everyday lives due to the advancements in technology for social communication.
Capturing ideas is really important, complete or fractured, it doesn’t matter but you need to get it onto paper, or record it somehow – trusting that the idea is important and can grow, even if it isn’t apparent how yet. This is the start of everything and something I learnt from David Lynch talk about his process.
Work makes work, sometimes I take that quite literally. I keep all old unwanted work aside so if a new collection stalls, I revisit that discarded pile and see if anything is still relevant and able to be redistributed.
I like to play. I often pick materials on how they make me feel when I use them. I work in what spaces of the day and night I can, this can sometimes be two or three different series at the same time. My focus and productivity works best when doing things I find interesting so unless something spills over into hyper focus I am at least tinkering away each day.
Most of the work I created the past two years has been due to a systematic and relaxing practice from the safety of the evening couch. I leave a pad of paper, compass, ruler, and a jar of coloured pencils there, at the ready. Years ago I was at a job that consumed my life, leaving me exhausted and consuming unhealthy habits. I reclaimed my time, and self worth, by carrying a tiny sketchbook and black pen in my bag to sketch people on my commute (the backs of their heads so not to be confronting). By the time I finally left the job, I had filled 9 sketchbooks and a feeling of awe for how much you can achieve with just a little work each day.
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