Suzan Kostanich

I have been creating with my hands since I was a child. I learnt to sew, knit, crochet, spin and embroider at my Mother's side.The value of these skills has been in part eroded by modern consumerism, availability of mechanically mass produced items, and a general sense that we no longer have time to produce such things ourselves.

The process of manipulating fibre to create functional items is a truly satisfying human experience, and has taught me focus, patience and the ability to re-examine and alter that which does not work.

Humanity's relationship with traditional craft materials and the process of transforming the everyday into more than function is what intrigues me the most. I endeavour to produce work which comforts and soothes at a physical level through the tactile.The works exhibited reflect the ongoing journey of exploration using fibres and various felting techniques to 1ate objects which are both beautiful and functional .

The organic form of a kina or sea urchin shape, is something which naturally occurs in the process I use and translates into the seemingly hard quality of shell but retains the warm, soft, tactile yet functional experience.