Tara Badcock | Van Wonderland

A couple of years ago, Tara dropped by the office to see if I could take some photos of her tea cosies. Artistic tea cosies on people heads. From then on I have photographed a heap of her artworks, and I am always impressed with what she puts in front of my lens.

The day we photographed Tara was just another nice day out in the country side. As usual, Tara was frantically pulling together a large amount of work for a mainland show. Her pieces take ages to make and are mostly hand sewn, but she is pretty handy with the free hand stitching with the sewing machine too.

Her home is full of interesting details and lots of cups of tea. I really like visiting, for the company as well as the tea and artworks.

You can see many examples of here work here and also buy some here at her etsy store.

Van Wonderland is an exhibition of work by contemporary crafts practitioners exploring a mysterious world of not-quite-real objects and creatures, based upon historic western perceptions of Tasmania (‘Van Diemen’s Land’) as a distant and little-known island at the far reaches of the globe.

This ‘new world’, full of strange and exotic flora and fauna, could be by turns beautiful and sinister – just as the strange Wonderland explored so famously by Lewis Carroll’s Alice.

Step into Van Wonderland and explore the mysteries within. And don’t forget to take your teacup.

Participating artists include Tara Badcock, The Purple Finch, Erin Tappe, Hideyo, Cat Badcock, Ghostpatrol, Megan Perkins, Omar Misa, Helen Goninon, and Anita Dineen with accompanying photography by Alan Moyle (Photobat).

Come to the opening, Friday 18th September 2009 at 6 pm, Design Centre, Tamar Street, Launceston, RSVP by email or by 6331 5505. Exhibition open until the 18th of October.

5 Comments
  • toddhuntermcgaw
    Posted at 20:29h, 15 September Reply

    Lovely pics mr bat !! Those trunks in the background are totally from Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire ! I’m waiting for Mad-eye Moody to jump out & say.. “It’s Wombat ! .. He kidnapped me & is high on poly-juice potion !” 😀

    • Photobat
      Posted at 11:10h, 16 September Reply

      Yes, Mad Eye Moody is in one of those trunks. But he’s not getting out any time soon

  • Tara Badcock
    Posted at 00:32h, 17 September Reply

    I wish he’d come out and help me sew…or lend me his magic wand that really works!! 😉

    • Photobat
      Posted at 08:36h, 17 September Reply

      Well at least the work for this exhibition is done! I think one day the stress will get to you and you will turn into the worlds premier super sewing villan, with your pin cushions of death and sewing maschine of destruction! Leading as double life as a nice lady who help sew on the policemans buttons in a small country town… Maybe it will happen… You arch nemisis super hero would be ” Super Quick Un Pick”

  • Tara Badcock
    Posted at 10:34h, 03 October Reply

    Now you’re talking…this sounds more like fun to me!!!
    Inspiration for a whole new collection!
    THANKS!!!!

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