Mandy McAlister

McAlistar, Mandy

Artist Statement

I grew up with a creative mother, who spent many hours working in her studio, surrounded by paint, driftwood and natural fibers. I have been influenced by her ‘can do’ and innovative attitude to her art.

Personally, I have always been drawn to fabric and threads.

My work is fairly spontaneous and I enjoy working to a theme. I am interested in the human condition and my work often conveys personal experiences. My environment, the beautiful Blue Mountains, is also an inspiration.

The techniques I frequently use are dyeing and manipulation of cloth, construction of cloth, hand and machine stitching.


Certificate IV Colour and Design   ISCD
Journey of Colour and Stitch, Embroiders Guild NSW
Contextart Workshops
ATASDA workshops

Group Exhibitions
2018       un:Seen – untethered Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre,  Hornsby NSW
2018       Synthesis – untethered fibre artists inc. GalleryONE88, Katoomba, NSW
2018       inTransituntethered fibre artists inc. Tuggeranong Arts Centre. ACT
2018       Stitched Up – untethered Group installation. Queen St Gallery, NSW
2017       inTransit     – untethered, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2017       Stitched up  –  untethered fibre artists, The Lock-Up, Newcastle, NSW
2017       ebb and flowuntethered, Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2017       ebb and flowuntethered, Belconnen Art Centre, Belconnen, ACT
2016       ebb and flowuntethered, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2015       Out of Handuntethered, Wallarobba Arts and Cultural Centre, NSW
2016       Façade – ATASDA, Palm House, Royal Botanical Garden, Sydney

2016       2nd Prize off the wall, Blackheath Art Society, NSW

Professional Affiliations
2015 – untethered fibre artists
Australian Textile Arts & Surface Design Association (ATASDA)
Embroiderers Guild