Monday, December 20, 2010

Beards with Dan Edwards

Tapestry by Daniel Edwards

Tell as About Yourself! Where are you from and what type of work do you do?
My name is Dan and I live in Canberra. I am an emerging artist working in textiles and fibre arts.

What attracted you to make work about beards?
I am interested in the bearded craftsmen of the 1970’s era. Images of a bushy bearded man in flannel and denim. A potter at the wheel, or a carpenter turning wood.

beardo image 1 dan edwards 2010

Are you surprised by the reaction for ‘beard related’ art and how popular the beard is?
I see life’s journey as seasonal so it was only a matter of time until sporting facial hair became a trend, perhaps as a counter cultural movement to the manscaping metro sexual era.

What attracted you to take part in Beardo – the exhibition?
Currently my work investigates cultural identity I find local artists with beards and link them back to the forefathers of the crafts movement in Australia. I find the beard to be a good icon for identifying the ‘creative man.’

What do you think people will take away with them from seeing your work?
I hope my work can encourage people to create. I am a big believer in local community and creating environments where creativity can flourish.

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