Kennita Tully’s Statement
I am inspired by nature and, more specifically, the interconnectedness of life. Living on the edge of the Flint Hills Prairie, I am surrounded by these nurturing connections. Reciprocity is an important aspect of my work. Trees, plants, and fungi are some of the subjects I draw from. Tapestry gives me the means to visually express these connections.
My series of Tree Companions was inspired by an article I read in the Smithsonian magazine on the work of Peter Wohlleben and his book The Hidden Life of Trees. Further research has led me to explore the communication of plants more deeply. I am especially interested in the way that plants (and fungi) not only communicate, but also nurture.
Kennita Tully’s Biography
Kennita is a tapestry artist, author, and teacher living in Pottawatomie County, KS. She recently returned to tapestry in late 2017 after a 30 year career as a knitwear designer. Intrigued by the interconnections of life, she attempts to discover the world around her and return those discoveries to the world through tapestries.
Kennita has a BFA in textiles and photography from Murray State University in Murray, KY and an MA from Michigan State University in AnnArbor, Michigan. Her work has been published in numerous magazines and she teaches workshops nationally and internationally on a regular basis. She recently began to exhibit her work in the fall of 2019.