Gear Threads – Tara Seekamp

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Bold, mythic, and uniquely Australian — the textile art of Tara Seekamp is something that will catch your attention with its rich color and detail, and stick in your mind long afterward.


Seekamp, who hails from the Adelaide Hills in South Australia, works in both freemotion machine embroidery, stitching back and forth on water-soluble stabilizer to create an artful fabric of thread…


 …and in hand embroidery, combined with her drawing and painting.


 The pieces are rich in symbolism, like this earth-spirit wallaroo, stitched in the colors of Australia’s red earth and blue sky.


 Through her Textile art, Seekamp has poignantly documented her recovery from an injury to her dominant hand. She hand-stitched the piece below completely using her left hand, eventually learning to stitch that way just as well as with her right.


Check out Seekamp’s blog to see more of her striking work, and check out this video interview for another glimpse into her world:

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