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Tamara Russell



Karhina Textiles

I am a Textile Artist specialising in free machine embroidery, hand stitching and mending. In my textile practice, I explore my surroundings and interpret what I see through embroidery. My work has been exhibited in the United Kingdom and Australia.

My practice engages with the natural environment recreating images and shapes in my embroidered works in 2 and 3D form. My work combines photography, paint and embroidery. In my work I am able to portray social issues including environment, climate change and the treatment of asylum seekers. Textiles are the perfect medium for expressing thoughts using hand and machine stitching.

I work with found materials and find joy in the unexpected uses that can be found for them. I love this unpredictability and enjoy the inventiveness necessary to transform them. I use materials that are reclaimed, things with a history that have been discarded and might otherwise end up in landfill.

My recent projects include facilitating the Moreland Quilt- a community arts project, facilitating the Naarm Textile Collective, curating Creativesandmakers, exhibiting in Melbourne galleries and teaching workshops in hand embroidery, free machine embroidery, mending skills and garment reinvention. I also accept commissions to mend other people’s favourites.