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Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Grassroots Football

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The Grassroots Footballer is a series of art dolls made from fabric that has been machine and hand stitched, painted and distressed, arms and legs manipulated into place and fitted onto stands and seats.
The idea grew out of conversations with friends passionate about their football and their concerns about the loss of community-based football and the current controversial conversations about Tasmania having their own team in the AFL.
My research led me to vintage photographs of Tasmanian football teams from 1850 to 1973. The ruddy faces of the men appear haunted and strange, their stance and clothing contrast sharply against the romantic stage sets, heavy tapastry curtains, trompe l’oeil archways, columns and parlour palms. The mood has an almost fairytale feel which appeals to my European heritage. With help from Tasmanian football historian Damien Dillon, I was able to piece together the team colours, names and associations. I love the tactile nature of working with fabric. Once sewn and stuffed I have everything that a painter has but I can also sculpt the parts and create an environment for them to inhabit.
Doll making has a rich history often associated with childhood and nostalgia, something I am deeply interested in and from which I can source inspiration.

 

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About Grace Garton

I love the tactile nature of working with fabric. Once sewn and stuffed I have everything that a painter has but I can also sculpt the parts and create an environment for them to inhabit.
Doll making has a rich history often associated with childhood and nostalgia, something I am deeply interested in and from which I can source inspiration.

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