Kasia Tons, born Adelaide (1985), is a Textile Artist currently based in Mparntwe (A.S). She creates colourful, chaotic soft sculptures, wearables and 2D pieces with obscured personal mythologies entwined with more universal themes of home, identity, belonging and movement. Drawing inspiration from daily life, memories and adventure books, her artistic influences are Judith Scott, Nick Cave and Anthony Stevens.
Hand embroidery has been central to her work since first picking up a needle and thread in 2006, but of recent years she has been actively exploring the use of larger movements with greater energetic output both as a physical expression for her feelings but also as a way to combat the RSI that comes with years of doing small, repetitive movements typical of embroidery.
She holds a degree in Textile Design, RMIT for which she received the DIA’s graduate of the year award and also an honours in Sculpture from UTAS. Her work has been exhibited throughout Australia and Eastern Europe and she has participated in residencies and symposiums in Iceland, the USA, Latvia and the Slovak Republic. The Mark Rothko Art Centre, Latvia holds two of her pieces as part of their collection.