When we first saw Haily Tran’s woven art via B for Brian, we were captivated by her play of shapes and colours. After learning that she also plays in a jazz band, we knew this lady would have a lot of creativity and sass — and truly, the “future” Mrs. Chris Hemsworth did not disappoint! Her tapestry pieces are named after jazz standards, and made from Australian or New Zealand yarn fibres. Just like her works, Haily is as much fun and effervescent as she is sophisticated. Read on, and you’ll see why.
1. Tell us more about your background and what led you to choosing weaving as a craft?
I have a musical background. I mostly view the world through sound and listening. Exploring the visual arts is something I started doing over 3 years ago when travelling through Turkey. I watched women in small regional communities dedicate not just their generation to weaving tapestry carpets but also their children’s generation. I watched one woman weave a fine silk carpet that was started by her grandmother! I was very much taken by this and felt the desperate need to bring this skill back with me. When I came back home, I had to find a way to explore these new techniques with creating artwork that I could relate to. That’s when I started to combine my love of music into visual translations and weaving.
2. What makes you a KOEL Kid?
My weaving technique is weft-faced. It is very packed and dense like a piece of carpet — the way I was taught in Turkey and through a teacher named Sarah Lindsay from the Australian Tapestry workshop. I’ve never been interested in creating anything quickly. There is something about the process of intensive concentration, walking away and coming back to the piece of work with fresh eyes that surprises me every time. It is one of the most rewarding aspects I get out of spending time making something patiently.
Photo Credits (right): Mareehomer Photography
3. Share with us the creative process behind each of your project
4. Pick one of your favourite designs and answer these quick questions!
The inspiration behind this design is… The ‘Time Out’ CD cover by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. It was illustrated by S. Neil Fujita who was famous for illustrating jazz album covers in the 1950s.
I would love to see this design at… My dream venue for this ‘Time Out’ series (which will be released some time later this year) is the ’Blue Note Jazz Club’ in New York!
Which celebrity house wall can you see this being hung on… Chris Hemsworth’s home. If he’ll have it. I’ll also come free as his wife.
If this design made it big, I would… have to create a limited series and be done with it. I don’t enjoy doing things over and over. Destroys my soul a bit having to repeat things without exploring new ideas.
If this design could talk, it would say… “Have a break. Take 5”.
5. Great things take time, so how much has changed since you first started weaving and where do you see it in the next five years?
I have changed an enormous amount in the last 3 years. When I look at the first series I made for Gorman Clothing, I see an exploration of patterns. I had noticed an exploration of texture in the second series I made for Modern Times (a mid-century furniture shop in Melbourne). The upcoming ‘Time Out’ series will see me focusing heavily on colour and more colour-mixing techniques. In 5 years’ time, I hope to be able to explore more fine tapestry skills like focussing on colour interpretations of paintings into tapestries. And be Mrs. Hemsworth of course. (KOEL: Don’t forget to send us your invites!)
Photo Credits: Haily Tran