Community & Business

20 January, 2024

Textile testament of the Tablelands

MAREEBA artist Camilla Ker is currently exhibiting a unique textile wall hanging at the Botanic Garden Visitor Centre in Cairns.

Camilla Ker’s son Jesse Lattimer, 4, admires his mum’s unique textile wall hanging.
Camilla Ker’s son Jesse Lattimer, 4, admires his mum’s unique textile wall hanging.

Her exhibition showcases the wall hanging, paying a vibrant homage to the cherished tradition of Australian Wagga quilts.

Camilla’s artistic creation is a testament to her deep reverence for the Tablelands. Her quilt, an embodiment of the beautiful area, stands proudly as a representation of resourcefulness and creativity.

Through meticulous craftsmanship and devotion to her art, Camilla has captured the essence of the Tablelands in this singular piece.

“I was inspired by this exceptionally beautiful area and all its resourceful people in making this piece,” Camilla said.

Her textile wall hanging, a labour of love, intricately weaves together various elements that signify the Tablelands' identity.

Every stitch, every fabric scrap, tells a story of the region's history and its vibrant community.

Camilla's dedication to preserving the tradition of Wagga quilts shines through the hand embroidery, appliqué, and the thoughtful incorporation of locally sourced materials.

This singular quilt is a celebration of the Tablelands, showcasing Camilla's ingenuity in utilising resources found within the community.

From utilising locally renowned Jaques Coffee to dye some of the fabric to repurposing vintage flour sacks, Camilla's artwork radiates a profound connection to the region.

The artist's journey to create this exceptional piece involved hunting in op shops for unique fabrics, using rust from old farm tools to dye the textiles.

The result is a captivating display that mirrors the Tablelands' beauty and resourcefulness.

For art enthusiasts and admirers of the Tablelands alike, Camilla's piece at the Botanic Garden Visitor Centre offers a rare opportunity to witness the creativity and artistry inspired by this remarkable region.

The exhibition runs until the end of January inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the cultural tapestry woven into this unique textile wall hanging.


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