Denise Lithgow

I am a contemporary artist, creating 3D felt sculptures and 2D machine embroidery wall works.

I reflect on various aspects of the Australian landscape, its nature, and strong sense of colour and light. The influence of my annual pilgrimage to teach and be inspired by the mountain deserts, gorges, waterholes and unique flora of the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary is reflected in my work. Artworks conceived and commenced in the desert are developed and extended in my Leichardt studio, through eco dying and adding yarns to interweave the feeling, textures and subtle properties of the landscape.

With felting I use the process from paddock to product using fleeces which I wash, card, dye with native plant material and then create into my sculpture works.

Born on a sheep property I’ve grown up with wool, so it is not surprising that felting is the process I use to create my vessels. I use felt as it’s an ecological, sustainable textile and I am completely captivated by the wool’s tactile qualities, rich range of colours and the magical meshing of the fibres, which gives it its manipulative quality.

My 2D works are created by free form machine embroidery using recycled fabrics.

They are sometimes eco dyed and hand stitching is often used.

www.deniselithgow.com

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