Beechmont woman reignites art career with solo exhibition

DREAM COME TRUE: Beechmont resident Wendi Trulson to present her vibrant artwork at Boonah. Photo: Keer Moriarty
DREAM COME TRUE: Beechmont resident Wendi Trulson to present her vibrant artwork at Boonah. Photo: Keer Moriarty

TEXTILE embroidery, stitches and eco dyed clothing are some of Wendi Trulson’s artworks to be displayed at her first solo exhibition.

The Beechmont resident is set to showcase refashioned and originally sewed clothing, including eco dyed scarves and hand stitched pieces.

Ms Trulson’s exhibit will be held at Boonah Regional Art Gallery from Saturday, August 12 to Sunday, September 24.

The artist said she had showcased her work with local textile group Women of the Cloth but this would be her first time solo venture.

Ms Trulson said she was eager to share her creations with the Scenic Rim community.

“In my arts practice I am always exploring the possibility to rework and renew fabric and clothing into usable and wearable art,” she said.

Ms Trulson said the importance of reducing the impact on the environment shined through her pieces.

“The infinite use of resources is very important to me and I wish to encourage others to think about the fabric they wear and consume,” she said.

Ms Trulson, hairdresser by trade, said she had always wanted to become a fashion designer as teenager but the dream was short lived when she moved from Australian Capital Territory to Queensland.

“I had relatives in Sydney that organized an apprenticeship on the cutting floor of a boutique somewhere in the city at the end of grade 10,” she said.

“This meant leaving Mum and Dad in Bundaberg and moving to Sydney – a daunting thought to an immature 15-year-old.”

Art passion renewed

Ms Trulson said the decision was difficult to make as the fashion industry thrived more in big capitals such as Sydney and Melbourne.

She said after much consideration and family discussions, she declined the job, finished high school and went on to become a hairdresser.

Ms Trulson said despite her career path went in another direction, she never gave up on textiles.

“I have always been a maker, whether it be my own clothes, house furnishings or clothes for my children,” she said.

“It was the need to be satisfied artistically that was the clincher for me.”

Ms Truslon said she enrolled in short courses that renewed her passion and brought it to the fold.