I prefer to work in series exploring a concept in a number of related works, working in a range of materials and techniques selected to best translate concept into material art objects. Combining modernist artforms such as painting, drawing and printmaking with what was once called craft techniques, my practice intentionally challenges old paradigms of artist and artwork. Working with cloth and stitch, using a sewing machine as a drawing tool my works layer technique to build an image.
Language and research underpin my practice and are my starting point. I enjoy using visual and word puns in both titling and in the juxtaposition of imagery. Given a theme, I search for a point of connection, a link to a personal narrative, a place or experience then playing with ways of representing this connection in relation to the theme.
I draw inspiration from the work of other artists, exhibitions and art galleries allow for emersion into a genre, an artists practice or a theme. Both the Grayson Perry Exhibition, and NUDE exhibition have directly informed my practice of late. My imagery is often figurative exploring stories juxtaposed with text.
1973 to present Arts Practitioner and Visual Arts teacher
1979 Diploma in Art Education, Newcastle University, NSW, Australia
Group Exhibitions (selected)
untethered fibre artists inc.
2019 un:Seen – Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2019 un:Seen – Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre, S.A.
2018 un:Seen – Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2018 Synthesis – GalleryONE88, Katoomba, NSW
2018 inTransit – Tuggeranong Arts Centre, ACT
2018 Stitched up – The Embroiderer’s Guild, NSW
2017 inTransit – Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2017 Stitched up – The Lock-Up, Newcastle, NSW
2017 ebb and flow – Muswellbrook Regional Gallery, NSW
2017 ebb and flow – Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT
2016 ebb and flow – Wallarobba Arts & Cultural Centre, NSW
2015 Out of Hand – Wallarobba Arts & Cultural Centre, NSW
Australia Textile and Surface Design Association (ATASDA)
2006 On the Grid – Palm House Gallery, Royal Botanic Garden (RBG), NSW
2006 Up over Down Under – NSW Parliament House Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2005 Ornamentum Speciosum Textillli – Palm House Gallery, RBG, Sydney, NSW
2004 Flights of Fancy – Palm House Gallery, Royal Botanic Garden, NSW
2007 Roses – Bousada Vineyard, Mittagong, NSW
2007 Refabricating Difference – Braemer Gallery, Blue Mountains, NSW
2003 Shibori – Sturt Gallery, Mittagong, NSW
2006 Up over Down Under – ATASDA joint exhibition with Fibrearts Guild of Pittsburgh, USA
2015 – untethered fibre artists
2015 – Australian Textile Arts & Surface Design Association (ATASDA)
2013 – 14 Presenter – Lake Macquarie Art Gallery
2001 – 04 ATASDA member
2007 Refabricating Difference, Australian Patchwork and Quilting, Exhibition Review. p100
2006 Joint Exhibition takes visitors around the world of fiber arts. Pittsburgh Tribune Review. 26 March