I have a lifelong passion for threads and textiles, commencing from when I played on my mother’s sewing room floor when I was still in primary school. I have never missed an opportunity to learn more about techniques and textiles, learning to knit at 4, crochet at 8 and use an electric sewing machine when I was only 11 years old.
I have travelled extensively, analyzing the various ways people from developing countries as well as areas where the latest technology is used, manipulate and colour textiles. I am fascinated by the way textiles and threads from 5,000BC to the present time, have been processed. Combined with the long list of residential and non-residential classes, apprenticeship to a master weaver and research, my techniques influence my designs for both wearables and gallery pieces.
I apply these techniques to my practice and rely on my imagination, memories and photos to design my artwork.
I really enjoy the opportunity to pass on all my extensive study by way of writing and teaching and am currently in contact with textile artists, museum personnel, and fellow researchers all over the world.
Teaching gives me as much pleasure as creating a work.
2015 Australian Textile Arts & Surface Design Assoc. (ATASDA)
2012 World Shibori Network www.shibori.org
2005 Primrose Paper Arts
2001 World Shibori Network, Aus/NZ
1964 – 2017 Handweavers & Spinners Guild
World Shibori Symposiums
2017 – 07 Chile, UK, Melbourne, Australia, Japan, China, Lyon and Paris,
France and Mexico
2006 Naturally – Hyderabad, India
Cowra Regional Gallery, NSW
Headmasters Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Narrabri Craft Gallery, NSW
Fairfield Regional Gallery, NSW
Energy Nexus – New Beat, Foshan Temple, Guanzhou China and Hong Kong; Itami Craft Exhibition, Japan; Lace for Fashion Award, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney; Textilla Australis, Craft Council of NSW, Sydney; Up Over Down Under, Pittsburgh & Australia; Arimatsu Shibori Festival, Japan
WSNA/NZ Alice Springs; WSN, Oaxaca, Mexico; ebb and flow, untethered Wallarobba Gallery Hornsby and Belconnen Art Centre, ACT; Primrose Paper Arts, Hutley Hall, North Sydney; Out of Hand, untethered, Wallarobba Gallery; Arcadian Artists; Wheel ‘n’ Weft, Thornleigh; Primrose Paper Arts, Botanic Gardens; Synergy – Shibori Down Under; National Silk Museum, Hangzhou, China; ATASDA QLD Beyond the Surface; Six (6) Australian Textile & Surface Design Association (ATASDA) Palm House Exhibitions, RBG Sydney; Energy Nexus – New Beat, Hong Kong University; Transformations Fairfield Regional Gallery, NSW; Returned to Glory, Hornsby; SCARF Barometer Gallery, Sydney, Strathnairn Gallery, ACT (toured in New Zealand); No Limits Shibori Lyon, France; Australia Naturally Paris American Academy, France (toured NSW, Qld, Vic and NT); After India Toowoomba Regional Gallery; Gallery 159 and Sinclair Gallery (Geelong Grammar School); Gold Fairfield Regional Gallery; World Quilt Show, Nagoya; Jos Graham Gallery, London; Art to Wear, Darling Harbour; Australian Craft Show (First Prize Garment); Alice Craft Exhibition (collected); Stanthorpe Regional Gallery (collected); ATASDA and Sydney Handweavers & Spinners, Darling Harbour; Townsville Pacific Arts Festival (first prize), Tamworth National Fibre Exhibition; Tamworth Pilot Group Exhibition; Contemporary Design Craft Expo, Darling Harbour; Fairfield Regional Gallery; Moree Regional Gallery; Michael & Friends Soho Gallery; Fibre Imprints, Orange Regional Gallery (toured); Almost Somebody Fairfield Regional Gallery (toured); Glenaeon Craft Show; Braemar Gallery; River Artists Exhibition, Wisemans Ferry; Pop-Up Artists Loft, Hornsby; 18 annual exhibitions with North Shore Craft Group, Sydney
Private Collections: Nationally, USA, Sweden, Japan, Hong Kong and UK
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Alice Craft – Araluen Centre, Alice Springs, NT
Stanthorpe Regional Gallery