Colourful, textural wall art and integrative weaving. Handwoven in Melbourne from salvaged yarns and found objects.
Sometimes a creative career has no plan or strategy. It just falls into place when interest, opportunity and experimentation collide.
Clare Dwyer was volunteering in an op shop when a big bag of discarded wool caught her eye. She’d been considering learning to weave and suddenly had the ingredients and catalyst to start. Several years and exhibitions later, Clare’s hobby is now Waefolio Projects, an art practice of dreamy, mixed-fibre collages and upcycled homewares.
The range of materials in Waefolio pieces is surprising. Clare works with all sorts of recycled finds including cotton, wool, ribbon, fur, fabric, paper, wood, bark, copper and leather. One yin yang inspired wall hanging was made with old work shirts. Collecting ingredients and playing with combinations is obviously half the fun.
There is also gentle inspiration from traditional handcrafts and natural landscapes. The Waefolio Instagram feed is full of simple vignettes of foliage and colour, brought together with a woven centrepiece.
Waefolio Projects doesn’t have a website yet but you’ll find work in progress and new designs on Instagram or Facebook. You can also commission an artwork to brighten a special space or add crafty chic to your home or office.
Tonnes of textiles end up in landfill. We’re pleased to see fibre art back in vogue and focused on upcycling and repurposing.