Monday, December 20, 2010
Beards with Dan 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.
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.