Elaine Witton

Witton, Elaine

Artist Statement

As a calligraphic artist with a background in textiles, I like to combine lettering and mark-making with fabric and use paper or parchment like fabric as a base for stitching.

In my work I demonstrate many aspects of calligraphy. I convey this not only through traditional lettering, but by producing an abstract work where the letterforms are free and have become spontaneous marks. These marks are sometimes achieved by the use of unconventional tools such as ruling pens and pipettes. Where appropriate, I combine various other techniques with my calligraphy, such as printmaking, to create a fusion between different media.

I admire the work of the artist Kandinsky and am inspired by his words: ‘Letters act as practical and useful signs, but also as pure form and inner melody’.

Professional experience

1996 B.Ed. (Community) UTS Sydney
1985 Certificate in Colour & Design, The School of Colour & Design
1984 Art and Design Certificate, Meadowbank TAFE

Group Exhibitions  (a selection 2006-2017)

2018      Synthesis – untethered fibre artists inc. GalleryONE88, Katoomba, NSW
2018      inTransituntethered fibre artists inc. Tuggeranong Arts Centre. ACT
2017      inTransit – untethered fibre artists, Wallarobba Arts & Cultural Centre, NSW
2017      ebb and flow – untethered fibre artists,Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2017      ebb and flow – untethered fibre artists, Belconnen Art Centre, ACT, NSW
2016      ebb and flow – untethered fibre artists,Wallarobba Arts & Cultural Centre, NSW
2016      Façade – ATASDA, Palm House, Sydney Botanic Gardens
2016      out of hand – untethered fibre artists, Wallarobba Arts & Cultural Centre, NSW

Personal Histories – International Artist Book Exhibition, Redland Art Gallery, QLD & UNSW Canberra Academy Library
A Common Thread – School House Gallery, Tasmania,
Liberated Books – Meeniyan Art Gallery, Victoria,
The Marriage of Art and Lettering – See Street Gallery, Northern Sydney TAFE
Artistic Travels Through the Alphabet – Cooroy Butter Factory, QLD
Fragment – ATASDA,  Palm House Sydney Botanic Gardens
Brushed with Time – Craft NSW, The Rocks Sydney
Seed – Primrose Paper Arts, Palm House Sydney Botanic Gardens
Art & Craft Exhibition – Hunters Hill Art Award
Water & Words – Canada Bay Library, Sydney,
Tutors & Students Art Exhibition – Centrehouse Art Centre, Lane Cove
Text as Spiritual Imagery – Australian Catholic University,
The Spirit of the Pen a new generation – Ewart Gallery, Willoughby
Calligraffiti, The Bunker Cartoon Gallery, Coffs Harbour
Inspired by May –  ATASDA, Stanton Library North Sydney
Synergy – Primrose Park Art & Craft Centre, Sydney
Out of the Blue – ATASDA, Palm House, Sydney Botanic Gardens
Botanical Rhythm – Nth Coast Regional Botanic Garden, Coffs Harbour
Celebration of the Alphabet, Words, Language & Life – Cowra Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Australian Society of Calligraphers Guild exhibition – Patonga Bakehouse Gallery, NSW
From the Rainforest to the Sea – Gold Coast City Art Gallery
Off the Grid – ATASDA, Palm House Sydney Botanic Gardens

Professional Affiliations

Australian Textile and Surface Design Association (ATASDA)
Guild Member, Australian Society of Calligraphers (ASC)
Primrose Paper Arts
The Australian Forum for Textile Arts (TAFTA)

Publications

Down Under Textiles, Issue 15, 2014
Fibreline, ATASDA’s quarterly magazine, March 2013, September & December 2014
WordsWork – Calligraphy and Lettering Art of Australia and New Zealand, 2009 – 2010
Enrich your Calligraphy, Diana Hardy Wilson, 1996
Colophon – ASC’s quarterly magazine, various issues