the stars already know your name

a solo exhibition by dana kinter
new paintings dreamt while following my heart in india and my first woodblock kantha stitched quilts handmade with love in india.

a gathering of experiences and motifs, of love and colour found while letting go and finding my feet across the ocean.

i filled the blood stained pages with the story of my love
and went on writing even when they cut off my hands
- Mirza Ghalib

Friday 17th May - Saturday 8th June 2024
BMG ART 156 Halifax Street, Adelaide

  • the stars already know your name
    the gift
    mixed media on canvas
    77x100x3cm
    $9000
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  • 1. the stars already know your name
    the gift
    may2023

    "the first of my artworks for this exhibition and i loved making this beauty. inspired and excited to make, i wanted try something i had been thinking about forever. trying to find a way i can make and be portable for future adventures, my go to and favorite timber boards are big and heavy while canvas is light, i can work on a table or tape to the wall, easily rolled up for transport. so working with drawings/photos from my india trip on my ipad i then gridded up onto a sheet of canvas pinned to my studio wall. i used a mural method i had seen by artist rone and it worker really well i even used it to paint a mural in my then lounge room. i wanted to still used my pencil and acrylic technique and it came up super well. you cant see so much in these photos but the texture of the canvas is delicous, it has a great warmth and depth. you'll find the taj mahal, camels from the desert, the wonderful kites i saw flighting above roof tops in jaipur, patterns from handwoven rugs from agra, motive from mosques, marigold necklace for good wishes and a sweet black butterfly (thats me) riding the beautiful brown eyed tigers tail."

  • the stars are your eyes
    tiger and sacred fig leaf
    pencil and acrylic on art board
    40x60x4cm
    $1800
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  • the stars hang by threads
    peacock and sacred fig leaf
    pencil and acrylic on art board

    40x60x4cm
    $1800
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2. the stars are your eyes
tiger and sacred fig leaf
pencil and acrylic on art board 40x60cm
may2023

3. the stars hang by threads
peacock and sacred fig leaf
pencil and acrylic on art board 40x60cm
may2023

"for this pair playing with the idea of male/female feather/fur fierce/friendly, using the same technique from the tiger canvas on board. to be honest i really loved drawing the tiger and wanted to do another and of course i had to get a peacock in somehow :) i started bringing in colourful borders to my work and the halo and stars. through my trip i was drawn to the vibrant borders along sari edges and decorative haveli walls. the sacred fig leaf or peepal was an addition from a walking tour through jaipur. the fig tree is sacred i think i came from the tree in sri lanka the tree the Buddha planted. throughout jaipur buildings were built around these magnificent trees and i mean around literally you could walk in an entrance and be greated by a trunk of a big ol fig tree. excellent!"

4. love threads - rajasthan hearts and stars
pencil and acrylic on board 100x100cm
june2023

5. love threads - rajasthan hearts and stars quilt
bagru dyed woodblock kantha cotton quilt 210x280cm
feb2024

"this project has been a year in the making from the first time i visited india. i spent two weeks solo in jaipur, rajasthan doing ceramic and woodblock printing workshops and it was the woodblocks i loved. i loved the smell of the dyes i loved the carving of the wood i loved that the whole village/family was involved i loved the big open earthy studio and i loved that i could wrap myself in handmade art.

staying in rooms that were white white and more white, the first thing i bought was a small colourful kantha quilt nothing special but i would sit on it to message home, draw, watch the life on the street, and throw it over my bed before i left for the long hot day knowing it would comfort me when i returned.
making my own quilt was a dream project for me.

the love threads quilt design was a combination of patterns from walls and tiles through rajasthan. the colours of the eco-friendly and highly sort after bagru printing unique to this region with its mustard, black and deep red perfectly represent the great indian desert that spreads through the state of rajasthan.

my plan was to do a painting first of each of the quilts to get an idea of colour, pattern and i very much wanted to get the kantha stitch, it was like a journey the thread was taking over the sand dunes of fabric.

freehand drawing on a canvas was natural and easy for me. my biggest challenge was working out the repeat pattern, how to draw up precisely for the woodblock carver? after failed attempts on the computer i found it easier to grid up paper and work with pen and watercolours.

months of whattsapp and emails to get back to the studio in bagru and to see my woodblocks was such a squeely moment it was so very very cool and a little teary. the blocks are beautiful artworks in themselves made of local mango wood, i will always cherish. the head of the studio, Anup did some testers to play with colours and we were off printing. a week to print the fabric, three different blocks a rust/red (madder and alum) for the hearts, a black (made of iron fillings, jaggery and gum) to out line the star and the white/natural section is resist dabu printed and finally the entire piece dyed a mustard colour. Anup and his father (master printer) printed this stars pattern as it was a little more challenging and i loved that, another 10 days later for the ladies to do the hand stitching and we have my dream quilts, the colours are so earthy and warm, padded with a lining of cotton and i chose a pattern from Anups personal designs to use as the reverse. its big and soft and perfect x"

6. heart strings - australian wattle
pencil and acrylic on board 100x100cm
september2023

7. heart strings - australian wattle quilt
indigo dyed wood block kantha cotton quilt 210x280cm
feb2024

"the heart strings wattle quilt is a bit of me and the beautiful native wattles growing wild in my (then) front garden on the fleurieu. playing around with repeating pattern of greens and yellows of the wattle having too much fun dripping the yellow paint from great heights onto the canvas to attain my splashy blooms and i had recently painted my beach shack purple it just fell into place. small lines travel around the motif like little moments of time.

the indigo process is altogether different process again, this time i had two blocks made and the blocks are used in different layers to print a mud resist before dipping into the indigo vat."

  • north
    you're my north, my south, my east, my west
    pondicherry crow and australian wattle
    pencil and acrylic on art board
    40x40x2cm
    🔴 $900
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  • south
    you're my north, my south, my east, my west
    pondicherry crow and australian wattle
    pencil and acrylic on art board
    40x40x2cm
    $900
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  • east
    you're my north, my south, my east, my west
    pondicherry crow and australian wattle
    pencil and acrylic on art board
    40x40x2cm
    🔴 $900
    bmg gallery shop - click here

  • west
    you're my north, my south, my east, my west
    pondicherry crow and australian wattle
    pencil and acrylic on art board
    40x40x2cm
    🔴 $900
    bmg gallery shop - click here