I am a mixed media textile artist. I am a member of untethered fibre artists. Working with textiles with an arty leaning is in my genes. I come from a background of Scottish weavers and an English grandmother who was an artist’s apprentice. My father was a self -taught artist so I have been surrounded by ‘home grown’ art all my life. I am drawn to quirky styles of art.
My textile works are about ‘every day’ circumstances or emotions. My most recent piece of work There are two Tides to this Story was to be about a friend’s marriage breakdown but the work didn’t resonate with me until I made it about my own experience.
I use free machining to write text and draw figures for my work. In the text I write I like to play with words. Reading the text carefully, a word or words can have a double meaning, and this, I hope, can leave the viewer with a sense of surprise.
Grayson Perry wrote, ‘It is his job to notice things that other people don’t notice’. I am hoping to continue to create works based on my observations and experiences that resonate with the viewer and have meaning. I invite the viewer of my work to read the text, look closely at the figures and reflect on the story/ message being told.
2012 Tutor – Workshop – Wardrobe Surgery: Customise your Wardrobe
2018 Synthesis – untethered fibre artists inc. GalleryONE88, Katoomba, NSW
2018 inTransit – untethered fibre artists inc. Tuggeranong Arts Centre. ACT
2018 Stitched Up – untethered Group installation. Queen St Gallery, NSW
2018 Between the Lines – ATASDA, Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden, NSW
2017 inTransit – untethered, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2017 ebb and flow – untethered, Muswellbrook Regional Gallery, NSW
2017 ebb and flow – untethered, Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT
2016 ebb and flow – untethered, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2016 Façade– ATASDA, Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden (RBG), NSW
2015 Out of Hand – untethered, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2014 Future…Past – ATASDA, Palm House Gallery, RBG, Sydney, NSW
2012 Fragment – ATASDA, Palm House Gallery, RGG, Sydney, NSW
2010 Voyage of the Imagination – ATASDA, Palm House Gallery, RBG, NSW
2008 Inspired By May (Gibbs) – ATASDA, Stanton Library, North Sydney, NSW
2008 Out of the Blue – ATASDA, Palm House Gallery, RBG, Sydney, NSW
2015 – untethered fibre artists
2006 Australian Textile Arts & Surface Design Association (ATASDA)
2016 – Down Under Textiles, Issue 24