Yaja Hadrys

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About the Artist: Yaja Hadrys

Kirribilli, NSW
Textile Artist

A graduate of the Sydney College of the Arts, Yaja worked in Sydney as the Head of Graphics for SBS TV before relocating to Broome in Western Australia where she developed her passion for incorporating pearls in her art.
For a few years she lived in Ramingining in Arnhem Land, Australia’s Top End. First as an Artist in Residence with BulaBula Arts Centre, where some years later she was offered the Arts Curator position, selling the art, promoting local artist and organizing major art show in Australia and overseas. It was one of the most profound experiences which has had a big influence on her own creative work.

She had an unique opportunity to intimately study the ancient arts & crafts of Australia’s traditional owners in remote parts of the country, learning about natural dyeing techniques from the Yolngu women and documenting, through photography, the lives and customs of the people of Ramingining. Her photographs have been exhibited through out of Europe, images of Aboriginal natural dyeing and weaving techniques were purchased by the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Selected images were also exhibited at the British Museum of London.

Now a resident of Sydney, Yaja draws on her history, experiences and deep connections to nature to inspire each unique creation, using plants to hand-dye textiles.

‘Nature is my inspiration - the beauty of the Polish forest, the stark but subtle mysteries of the Australian bush land, and the vast, powerful energy of the ocean.
I love direct collaboration with nature in my textile work. Firstly, I forage for flowers and leaves which are artistically arranged on material, before being wrapped in bundles and steamed. Nature then imparts its beauty on the fabric.
Individually crafted garments and accessories are made from the finest, natural fabric, with the focus on the surface design. All fabrics are hand dyed and contact printed with local plant life, some seasonal.

This organic process is a true alchemy so the final colours and prints are never predictable, nor able to be repeated. Put simply, my designs are nature's work of art’.

Yaja is an exhibiting artist with CraftNSW, North Shore Craft Group (NSCG), Arcadian Artists Trail