Creating with textiles might be a hobby for Warrnambool artist Ann Hegarty but her unique creations make elegant art of everyday objects.
“I like making practical things funky, and I love colour,” Ann said.
“Why should functional things be boring?”
Ann’s HegARTie creations are hand-made in Warrnambool from a mix of pre-loved and new materials, and her home studio is filled with fabrics, patterns, designs and trimmings of every imaginable sort.
Inspiration strikes anytime, like a current Irish Linen project where oven mittens are made into art from a mix of tourist tea-towels and up-cycled quality fabrics.
Ann admits its a labour of love – the mittens are screen printed or fabric mixed and often double stitched, before being lined with a carefully chosen thermal lining,and finished with Ann’s signatory embroidery or embellishments.
“ Irish linen is about good quality fabric that lasts a life time.”
Ann’s inspiration for her creations stems from her love of 1960’s pop art – making art from everyday items – but there also seems a hint of European elegance in the final embellishments on Ann’s fabric creations.
Very few objects seems to escape a HegARTie makeover – elegant bags for Senior’s walking aids, baby nappy-clutches for busy Mums, funky aprons and toaster covers or colourful door stops and snakes.
Children’s art smocks come with matching or contrasting library bags in bright happy colours. Cushions, hand-bags, shoulder-totes and beach-bags are all made up in Ann Hegarty’s artful mix of old and new.
“I like making things that people need, and can use.”
Many of Ann’s fabric designs are her own– laboriously created on screens and then printed on up-cycled or reloved fabric.
Ann’s major project – creating a screen print for a fundraiser for the Standing Tall in Warrnambool mentor program overwhelms the kitchen table, finally complete.
“It’s a great program that really helps make a difference,” says Ann, who mentors in the school-based program.
“Mentors are needed because young people have all sorts of situations where they just need a bit of support in life, and need an adult they can rely on, someone they can trust,”
“It’s often short-term, but it’s really about lending a supporting hand when needed.”
Ann Hegarty’s creations will be at the “Made By Me Market” on Saturday 26th April 2014, which is raising funds for the Standing Tall in Warrnambool mentor program.
The Market will be at 50 Viaduct Road, Warrnambool in the downstairs Pavilion at the Warrnambool Breakwater between 9am – 3pm and entry is by gold coin donation.