Natalie Tonkin

Natalie Tonkin

Common Threads Advocate

We are blessed at The Sound Temple to have Natalie as an advocate, artist and facilitator in the Perth Hills as part of our Common Threads Woven Through Community Project.

Natalie has lived most of her life in rural Western Australia. Growing up in the Great Southern and now living with her husband and two children on their family farm in the Central Wheat belt town of Moora, Western Australia.

Natalie started her creative life studying Fashion and Design (1991) and worked as a clothing pattern maker for various Perth fashion labels. She has exhibited her works locally and interstate and is held in private and public collections.

She has been the recipient of the Lycra DuPont Award in Sydney and the Armidale Wool Awards in NSW. She expanded her learning into a traineeship as a florist and commenced a florist traineeship and worked as a florist until moving back onto the farm.

Natalie now works as a potter and sculptor from her home studio – her practice crosses mediums mainly using clay and discarded materials, salvaged fencing wire and plant materials’ collected from her local environment. Her Inspiration comes from a deep connection and concern for the environment.

Common Threads Woven Through Community is a month long community engagement project which includes topics of integrating sustainability, creativity, and traditional hand-crafted wisdom of the ages.

Our 2020 theme embraces the inter connection of our living world – the seen and unseen “The Pollination of Life” exploring the underlying connections between artists, creatives, sustainable enterprises and movements. As we all carry a thread that collaboratively weaves the health and wellbeing of our collective future on this planet.

These events are designed to share art and craft forms and exchange knowledge, to open participants up to a new way of life, they encourage the questioning of our thought patterns, they support the dissolving of old belief systems bringing a sense of belonging. You will feel deeply inspired by being part of a continuing impulse of considerable change.

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