indigo eli

tin shed tea rose

artist statement:

emerging out of homelessness, tin shed tea rose partners sleeping in cars and other un/safe places, with a pinch of hope and home-making in unusual spaces

lovingly handstitched, spun and assembled, tin shed tea rose is an ode to all those who’ve ever slept rough


vintage auto first aid tin (previously used as the artist’s sewing kit), acrylic wool (sourced from a gift: unwound, rewound), fabric measuring tape (found, fashioned by a stranger), cross-stitch on paper pattern (stitched by the artist using gifted threads, taking liberties with the colour key), a vintage locking safety pin.

medium: mixed-media

dimensions: H 16cm, W 20cm, D 14cm

the figure is made from spun pieces of yarn that I unwound from a stick and rewound into spools then loosely guided into a body shape. no stitches or other permanent grips to hold the limbs or head on. one could say she’s held together by her own will. aren’t we all.


Emergence Exhibition
Vintage Festival Art Prize 2021
Barossa Regional Gallery
Tanunda South Australia

Exhibition dates: 10 April – 7 June 2021

‘A long-standing Barossa Vintage Festival tradition, this celebrated exhibition comprises of over 75 new works from local and SA artists inspired by the theme of EMERGENCE: the process of becoming visible after being concealed – into existence. Originating from the latin word ‘emergere’ meaning bring to light, emergence straddles the edge of becoming, it is the unforeseen.’

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