Artist biography
I am country born and bred. My life is my family, my art and my work on a sheep grazing property in northern NSW. I have played with fabric and yarn since I was very young with my earliest memories being taught to knit by my grandmother. My mother taught me to sew and to draw. She encouraged me to be an artist, firstly as a hobbyist, but later as a professional.

 

Learning to make bobbin lace in the 1980’s became a passion and I am still learning. These days I enjoy mixing all my questionable skills to create art pieces and sculpture by using different textile techniques that range from embroidery to felting to lace making and many other things in between. I love using lots of colour and texture and use any material that can be wound onto a lace bobbin or threaded onto a needle. I usually have great difficulty making things that are small and precise, preferring to go large and spontaneous. More recently I have trialled ‘small’ by making jewellery.

 

These days I have a wonderful studio space designed by my son and built by a band of untrained but enthusiastic family members. Now that I have the space to spread I can produce large works, hold workshops and store more goodies than I will ever use.

 

A Brief CV

 

Since 1982 I have attended workshops in a variety of textile mediums, including bobbin and needle lace workshops. I have also attended many courses from tailoring to rust baths in Australia and overseas and completed UK City and Guild courses in Embroidery and Design, Levels I and II.

 

I am a committed textile artist using lace as my primary technique exhibiting regularly in Sydney and Armidale. I have also exhibited in Canberra and Melbourne, Geelong and several regional areas in NSW. I was invited to exhibit at the International Contemporary Lace Festival in Vamberk, Czech Republic and at the Artofil Exhibition in Temse in Belgium. Most recently I have collaborated with Jenny Rees to create a large body of work shown at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in 2011.

 

My newest interest is to inspire and inform by teaching workshops in colour and design and in, what I call, Larrikin Lace. I have been casually teaching from my studio in Kentucky for the last 8 years and am now branching out by teaching school students and lace groups further afield. My skills are being stretched and enhanced with requests from the school girls to help them make rubber tyres, monkeys, flowers, spider webs and snowflakes in bobbin lace. They have little time to learn the basics but fortunately are very quick learners. Again they use heavier threads concentrating on form, texture and colour. Adult lace makers are excited to expand their lace making skills by creating their own designs –  Aussie fashion, and with encouragement, to tweak age old traditions to suit a more contemporary form.

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Exhibitions

2016 As the Crow Flies,June Marriott Gallery, Arleen Centre, Alice Springs
2015 The Directors Choice Exhibition, Gallery 159, Brisbane
2015 Wabi Sabi:The Beauty of Impermanence, Redland Gallery, Brisbane
2014 ‘Synergy, Shibori Downunder’, Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT
2013 Absolutely Fabulous, Roma on Bungil Gallery, Roma, QLD
2013 Other Worlds, Everglades Gallery, Leura, NSW
2012 Wrapped in Shibori, Barometer Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2011 The Shibori Room, solo exhibition, Gallery 159, Brisbane, QLD
2011 Out of the Box,-Shibori Forces DownUnder, for 8th ISS, Hong Kong Institute
2010 Scarf, WSN ANZ members, Barometer Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2009 Art U Wear-Textile and Fibre Exhibition, Weswal Gallery, Tamworth, NSW
2008 Australia Naturally, for 7th ISS, Paris American Academy, Paris
2006 Textile Biennial, Perc Tucker Gallery, Townsville, QLD
2005 29th Alice Craft Acquisition Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Spring, NT
2005 Fantastic Textiles, Matthew Flinders Gallery, Bribie Island, QLD
2004 Shibori 2004: A Celebration of Contemporary Works by National and
International Shibori Artists, for 6th ISS, Sofitel Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
2004 Shibori, Can You Resist?, June Mariott Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2012- current Member of Board of Directors for TAFTA (The Australian Forum for Textile Arts
2005-2008 Secretary/Member of Board of Directors for TAFTA

Cathy specialises in natural dying and Indigo Shibori techniques. Shibori is a Japanese resist dying technique, known for an infinite number of ways you can bind, stitch, fold, twist, or compress cloth for Shibori, each way resulting in very different patterns.

Artist Biography

Shibori is a Japanese term that means to twist or press. Shibori techniques are used as a starting point for my work as I take inspiration from the infinite amount of design possibilities they offer to the textile artist.

I originally studied Textiles and Design at Newcastle CAE. My passion for fabrics led me to enrol in a Fabric Printing and Design Certificate at New England TAFE in Armidale NSW where I became fascinated with the art of Shibori. After attending workshops with well known Shibori artists Patricia Black, Anna-Lisa Hedstrom, Margaret Barnett, Jane Callendar and the founder and director of The World Shibori Network, Yashiko Wada, I emerged ready to develop my own I produce one of a kind shibori wearables and art pieces influenced by the huge variety of rich and intense colours that are so much a part of the Australian landscape. I endeavour to reflect the combination of these colours together with my interpretation of Shibori techniques within my work.

I work with natural fibres, particularly silk. I enjoy experimenting with all Shibori techniques but particularly the stitching eg Mokume, Kumo and Karamatsu.

Qualifications

1995 Bachelor of Education, University of New England, Armidale NSW
1992 Bachelor of Arts, University of New England, Armidale, NSW
1993 Fabric Printing and Design Certificate, New England TAFE, Armidale, NSW
1983 Diploma Textile Teaching, Newcastle CAE, Newcastle, NSW

Exhibitions

2016 As the Crow Flies,June Marriott Gallery, Arleen Centre, Alice Springs
2015 The Directors Choice Exhibition, Gallery 159, Brisbane
2015 Wabi Sabi:The Beauty of Impermanence, Redland Gallery, Brisbane
2014 ‘Synergy, Shibori Downunder’, Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT
2013 Absolutely Fabulous, Roma on Bungil Gallery, Roma, QLD
2013 Other Worlds, Everglades Gallery, Leura, NSW
2012 Wrapped in Shibori, Barometer Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2011 The Shibori Room, solo exhibition, Gallery 159, Brisbane, QLD
2011 Out of the Box,-Shibori Forces DownUnder, for 8th ISS, Hong Kong Institute
2010 Scarf, WSN ANZ members, Barometer Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2009 Art U Wear-Textile and Fibre Exhibition, Weswal Gallery, Tamworth, NSW
2008 Australia Naturally, for 7th ISS, Paris American Academy, Paris
2006 Textile Biennial, Perc Tucker Gallery, Townsville, QLD
2005 29th Alice Craft Acquisition Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Spring, NT
2005 Fantastic Textiles, Matthew Flinders Gallery, Bribie Island, QLD
2004 Shibori 2004: A Celebration of Contemporary Works by National and
International Shibori Artists, for 6th ISS, Sofitel Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
2004 Shibori, Can You Resist?, June Mariott Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2012- current Member of Board of Directors for TAFTA (The Australian Forum for Textile Arts
2005-2008 Secretary/Member of Board of Directors for TAFTA

Liz Powell is an Australian artist from Byron Shire, New South Wales. She graduated from the National Art School, Sydney, in 1978 and has been a maker and a tutor ever since, exhibiting regularly over the last 25 years around Australia and overseas. Liz describes herself as a mixed media fibre artist. Using textiles and handmade paper as a starting point she uses a range of techniques including printing, 3D design, stitching, dyeing, drawing, metalwork, paper making and bookbinding. She teaches a broad range of art practices, encouraging participants to remember to play, have fun and unleash the inner creative beast.

Artist Biography

Liz Powell is a mixed media fibre artist who lives in a little town near Byron Bay, NSW. Liz graduated from the National Art School and Alexander-Mackie College, Sydney, in 1978 and has been a practicing artist and educator ever since, exhibiting regularly in galleries around Australia and overseas. She uses textile techniques and handmade paper as the basis for her work. As a mixed media fibre artist Liz uses a broad range of materials and techniques including printing, 3D construction, stitching, dyeing, drawing, encaustic, collage and bookmaking. She teaches a broad range of art practices and likes encouraging participants to play and unleash the creative beast. More details of Liz’s work and activities are available on her website www.studio13paper.com.au

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Artist Biography

I am a professional leather craftsman and designer. What was a high school hobby for pocket money became my occupation. In the late 80’s after my first foray with a shop in Newcastle, I moved to Sydney,studying Shoe making and Art/drawing, before re-launching my work with all new designs. I was one of the first awarded a “Craftmark” by the Craft Council of Australia and went on through their events and promotion to send work to German Design Fairs and to go with my work to the San Francisco Gift Fair, becoming involved too in putting other Craftspeople into U S trade shows , setting up a joint venture with Austrade between 2000 and 2004. In 2005 researching trade shows in Europe I continued my design studies in Italy. After taking time with some family business affairs, I had built a purpose designed Studio and office in 2006.. My involvement with the wonderful T’Arts gallery in Adelaide as a member and an annual themed exhibition there, and the exciting period of Leather Design we are in keeps me stimulated with new designs and busy in production.

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Colourist and artist, Cathy Jack Coupland paints her world in stitch. Love of country, Australian poetry, art and colour are inspirations Cathy uses in her work. With her ‘threaded brush’, Cathy endows her work with texture and substance colouring her designs with bold dimensions. Combining these inspirations produces stand-alone, original works full of exuberance.

Cathy has honed the technique of thread painting over a number of years to produce an exceptional body of work. Her work has evolved from traditional pieced quilts to fully machine stitched works, covering the entire surface with shimmering, joyous colour combinations.

Cathy is an exhibiting artist whose work has been acquired by private collectors as well as the Embroiderers Guild of NSW. Work of this calibre stands tall in the world of textile art.

Cathy is an Accredited Tutor with the Embroiderers Guild of NSW, Accredited Tutor and Valuer with the Quilters Guild of NSW, has judged at the RAS Royal Easter Show Sydney and the Sydney Quilt Show. Cathy completed the Proficiency Certificate with the Embroiderers Guild of NSW with Distinction and has attended Masterclasses with Jinny Beyer, Jane Sassaman and renowned English embroiderer, Alice Kettle.  Well known Australian artists Carolyn Sullivan, Effie Mitrofanis, Karma Victoria Baines and Mary Brown have all mentored and influenced Cathy.

Exhibitions

2016

  • 20 January – 14 February 2016: Solo Exhibition – Colour:Cathy Jack Coupland, Timeless Textiles Gallery, Newcastle
  • 13-16 April 2016, Golden Textures of Australia, Quilt Expo en Beaujolais.

2015

  • Selected Golden Textures of Australia exhibition Festival of Quilts Birmingham
  • Selected Evolution, Change, Challenge: A Contemporary Quilt exhibition presented by the Quilters Guild of NSW and Hazelhurst Regional Gallery
  • Judge RAS Royal Easter Show, Sydney
  • Judge Quilters Guild of Sydney Quilt Show: The Quilters’ Guild of NSW Inc

2014

2013

  • Winner Margaret Oppen Prize Embroiderers Guild NSW (Tutor Category)
  • Quilters Guild of NSW Sydney Quilt Show: Judges Commendation (Mixed Techniques Anything Goes)

2012

2010

Memberships

Gabriella Hegyes

Biography

Gabriella Hegyes (Aust) – Mixed Media Installation

Gabriella Hegyes migrated from Hungary and developed her art practice in Australia studying at Wollongong, the National Art School, UWS and Monash University. She has curated several exhibitions and developed and coordinated a number of community public art projects. Her 25 years of teaching experience include fine art and design at tertiary level as well as workshops for various communities, regional galleries, schools and organisations including ContextArt, Grampians Texture, Wrapt in Rocky and Geelong Fibre Forum.

She exhibits regularly and her work is represented in public and private collections in Australia, Austria, Italy, Hungary, Poland and USA.

In 2013 she was selected to represent Australia as one of three artists at the

14th International Triennial of Tapestry Lodz Poland.

Her work, community public art projects and residencies appeared in many publications including several Textile Fibre Forum magazines.

She is inspired by the beauty of the Australian landscape and its history and works in various medium referencing memory/place/identity.

Exhibitions

Gabriella has participated in numerous solo and selected group exhibitions around Australia, Japan, Mexico and Poland. She has curated several exhibitions and developed and coordinated a number of community public art projects.

Her 21 years of teaching experience include fine art and design at tertiary level as well as workshops for communities, regional galleries and schools. Her previous artist in residencies include Belconnen Art Centre Canberra, Western NSW Local Health Network Orange, Oberon Arts Council, Manning Regional Art Gallery Taree, Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre and Albury Regional Art Centre.

Biography

I first learnt to sew at the age of 30 when it became necessary after paying someone to hem my trousers.

This started a quest to learn as much as I could in the sewing field.

When the school of fashion closed down at Katoomba TAFE, I decided to enrol in Millinery as this was the last subject being taught at the school.

This has been one of the best decisions in my career.

 

On my return to the Opera Company, Connie Kerr retired (at the grand age of 80), I then became the head milliner and remained in this position for a further 10 years.

I own a successful millinery business in the Blue Mountains west of SydneyChristine’s Millinery, creating and designing  original, hats and headwear.

Exhibitions

I am an award winning milliner with over 20 years experience in Opera, Theatre, Film and Musicals. Credits include “Aladdin“, “Carmen”, “The Magic Flute”, “Madame Butterfly”, “My Fair Lady“, “Phantom of the Opera”, “Love Never Dies”, “Dr Zhivago”, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “Moulin Rouge”, “King Kong”, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” and “The King and I” which are some of the shows I have created hats for.

In 1995 I signed on to work as a milliner’s assistant to Connie Kerr at the Australian Opera Company, which later became Opera Australia. In the year 2000 I was seconded to Fox Studio’s to work on the film “Moulin Rouge“, where I was responsible for making Nicole Kidman’s black velvet top hat.

I bring to my business over 30 years experience as a shoemaker and leather worker. I trained originally in the UK, and then in bespoke pattern making and traditional shoemaking construction in South Australia.

I have now settled in NSW Australia and have a workshop on the outskirts of the picturesque town of Bangalow near Byron Bay.  I welcome visitors to my workshop to find out more about the range of work I offer and to discuss some unique product you may like to have made. Here we can look at materials,take measurements etc. Customers can also discuss ordering ideas via phone or Internet and goods can be posted worldwide.

Whether it is orthopaedic needs you have or a beloved item you want recreated … or even an idea in your head brought to life, I will be happy to oblige if I know it is within my diverse capabilities.

Biography/Education

Education
2008 Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME, USA
2003-2004 Skals Håndarbejdsskole, Denmark, HVF, Feltmaking
1999-2003 Verkmenntaskólinn, Akureyri, Iceland, Textile and Design
1999 Holmen Gård, Norway, Leather modulation
1997 Husflidshojskole, Kerteminde, Denmark, Leather handstitching
1993-1997 Short courses in different handicraft designs. Iceland
1977 Sjúkraliðaskóli Íslands -Nurse assistant , Reykjavík, Iceland

Exhibitions

Solo-exhibitions
2014 PART 1. Hvítspói art gallery , Akureyri, Iceland
2013 Þorraþræll. Hvítspói art gallery, Akureyri, Iceland
2012 Artic Inu Ice. Katuaq, Nuuk, Greenland
2011 Breytingar, Mjólkurbúðin, Akureyri, Iceland
2010 Öldur – Waves, Selasetur Íslands, Hvamstangi, Iceland
2010 Chakra, Café Karólína, Akureyri Iceland
2010 Mikado, Akureyri Town Hall, Akureyri, Iceland
2009 Mikado, University of Akureyri Iceland
2009 Sjávarföll, DaLí Gallerý, Akureyri Iceland
2008 Mysterious ocean, Ketilhús, Akureyri, Iceland
2008 Huldar týrur, Skörin, Handverk og Hönnun, Reykjavík, Iceland
2006 Wool Sculpture, Galleri Fröya Kalvog, Norway
2005 Ljóshaf – Ocean of lights Árbæjarsafn, Reykajvík Iceland
2004 Woolen sculpture, Gallery, Ketilhúsið Akureyri, Iceland
2003 Ég,- I, Samlagið Listhús, Akureyri, Iceland
2002 Engill að Norðan -Northen Angel, Drangsnes, Iceland
2002 Ef Engill ég væri – If I were an angel, Ketilhúsið, Akureyri, Iceland Group exhibition

After obtaining a Fine Arts degree in the early eighties, my understanding of paper and related media was further enhanced through two periods of long-term study in Japan in the mid to late eighties (supported by the Japan Foundation and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust).

In 1991, I was given a joint award with South East Arts and the British Council to research art based organisations and community groups in Canada. I focused on those, which used re-cycled and found materials in their projects. Exchanges, talks and workshops remain an important part of my practice and more recently I have studied and worked in Europe, India and Australia.

I continue to develop my techniques, drawing and use of colour remain the foundation for all my work. The fragments of found materials are layered and mark the passing of time, the rituals of making (drawing, cutting, gathering materials, machining, sewing) acting as part of the narrative of the work.

My work relates to the natural and built world and the elements that make it up. I live in a house which edges on a park bringing the Urban and ‘Nature’ together. I like to make drawings, take photographs and gather found materials from within my footsteps as part of the regular journeys I make from my front door. The process of looking and recording helps to establish the environmental links between the built and ‘natural’ spaces as well as addressing issues of sustainable practice. I am interested in the open landscape, the shadows of marks made by man in the earth, the reflections in water and flooded fields, gardens and seasons changing. I refer to this process in my book The Found Object in Textile Art, as ‘Magpie of the Mind‘.

I have a love-hate relationship with nature. I spend time outdoors as part of necessity as I do not drive. You experience the pull of the land in a very different way when walking on a cold winters day to a sunny afternoon. I like to think my work serves as a reminder of this connection to nature, the land and the urban spaces.

I am interested in recording the changes that might impact on the flora and landscape of South East of England and my adopted County, Kent. I am looking at political and social as well as climatic change. Recent flooding, as witnessed in the American South and the Tsunami in Japan, and its impressive physical changes to the landscape raises issues about our fragile relationship with the local and global environment. No one who has grown up in the flat Norfolk landscape as a child can fail to make connections between change and man’s impact on the land through farming, building and use of world resources.

I am motivated by exchange with others as part of this process. I run workshops with schools and communities, using ‘what is there’, (natural and found materials) to create ‘drawings’ and 3d pieces with relevance to given situations, audiences and locations. I am open to looking at new approaches and encouraging others to investigate and develop their own ideas and their relationship to the land.

Artist biography

My home is surrounded by the myriad details of nature, the close up views of forest floors and tree trunks, pools of water full of vegetation and busy insects, collections of pebbles and lichen-covered rocks.

Although not always recognisable, these elements are the subjects of my textile art.

I try to convey the essence of the environment around me rather than a realistic representation and my focus is on the intricate details, not the panoramic landscape.

I have a fascination for beetles and the patterns on their wing covers. Looking at them through a microscope I am mesmerized. Our world is full of so much beauty, and a lot of it is absolutely tiny. It is sheer pleasure observing these living jewels.

As I explored the patterns on the beetle wing casings I couldn’t ignore the connections of the emerging designs with so many other things in our universe. The spots could be star systems or skin markings or the landscape of an aboriginal painting.

My Coleoptera Series does not deal with the beetle in a literal, or even physical, sense. The beetle has become a metaphor for the connection of everything in our universe. What began as a love of pattern and colour has evolved into a growing sense that the patterns connect with things infinitely small, and with things phenomenally vast. It is a spiritual statement of existence and how humanity is not distinct but intrinsically a part of everything. The patterns on beetle wings are an indication that they are linked to the landscape of the universe.

I express the marks with textiles, usually cotton sateen, that are painted with dyes and the surface is layered up with dye painted organzas, silks and velvets.

In 2007 I began a Bachelor of Natural History Illustration degree. I have now finished the degree with First Class Honours. The skills I have learnt over the past years are inevitably informing the textile journey that I am also continuing. I will still express my love of the natural world but my media and techniques have expanded to include a wider range of materials, such as

paper, coloured pencil and watercolour paint.

I hope you enjoy wandering through the galleries of my work, historical and current, and perhaps find inspiration to make your own statement about our world, using textiles.

Qualifications
Exhibitions

2016 As the Crow Flies,June Marriott Gallery, Arleen Centre, Alice Springs
2015 The Directors Choice Exhibition, Gallery 159, Brisbane
2015 Wabi Sabi:The Beauty of Impermanence, Redland Gallery, Brisbane
2014 ‘Synergy, Shibori Downunder’, Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT
2013 Absolutely Fabulous, Roma on Bungil Gallery, Roma, QLD
2013 Other Worlds, Everglades Gallery, Leura, NSW
2012 Wrapped in Shibori, Barometer Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2011 The Shibori Room, solo exhibition, Gallery 159, Brisbane, QLD
2011 Out of the Box,-Shibori Forces DownUnder, for 8th ISS, Hong Kong Institute
2010 Scarf, WSN ANZ members, Barometer Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2009 Art U Wear-Textile and Fibre Exhibition, Weswal Gallery, Tamworth, NSW
2008 Australia Naturally, for 7th ISS, Paris American Academy, Paris
2006 Textile Biennial, Perc Tucker Gallery, Townsville, QLD
2005 29th Alice Craft Acquisition Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Spring, NT
2005 Fantastic Textiles, Matthew Flinders Gallery, Bribie Island, QLD
2004 Shibori 2004: A Celebration of Contemporary Works by National and
International Shibori Artists, for 6th ISS, Sofitel Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
2004 Shibori, Can You Resist?, June Mariott Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2012- current Member of Board of Directors for TAFTA (The Australian Forum for Textile Arts
2005-2008 Secretary/Member of Board of Directors for TAFTA

Biography

Seraphina Martin studied printmaking at the National Art School in Paris before moving to Sydney 35 years ago to teach at the Sydney University Art Workshop until 2011. Since 1994 she has been developing the non-toxic printmaking technique called Solar Plate Etching in her own art practice. She has been artist in residence at the Canberra School of Art in Canberra, The Government School of Art in Calcutta and the Kola Bhavan University, Shanteniketan, West Bengal in India. She has taught printmaking at various Regional Art Galleries in NSW and Canberra and has taught in TAFE NSW for 20 years. Seraphina has had many solo and group exhibitions and her work is represented in public and private collections in Australia and overseas.

Artist Biography
  • TAFE Qualifications in:

Small Business

Furnishing Décor Skills

Digital media

Photoshop

Desktop publishing

  • Textiles and Design

Completed workshops in Shibori, Photographic Silk Screening, Felting, Machine Embroidery and Fabric Dyeing

 

Qualifications

Qualifications

Newcastle CAE Bachelor of Arts/Diploma in Ed.

Newcastle CAE Graduate Diploma in Art (Illustration).

Teaching experience

  • 1977-2006 Art Teacher in Secondary Schools (Kiama, West Wallsend, Northlakes, Casino, Mullumbimby) teaching junior and senior art, printmaking, ceramics, graphic design
  • 2008-2011 Bundarra Central School
Exhibitions
  • 2008 Brisbane Impress Printmaker’s travelling exhibition, Brisbane to England
  • 2009 Armidale NEAS with Margarete Oganowski
  • 2015 Armidale Gallery 126 with Joan Relke
  • 2015 Brisbane Impress Printmaker’s Group Exhibition
Artist Biography

Kirsten Ingemar studied textiles in her native Denmark, before emigrating. She has worked as a textile artist in Australia for over 25 years and has explored a large range of surface dyeing techniques.  She has also worked as an art educator in diverse settings including COFA, UNSW, Queensland Flying Arts and has facilitated numerous workshops in Australia and overseas.

Her work has always incorporated a variety of different dyeing techniques, collage and stitching, but she now works predominately with plant dyeing and hand stitching. Having worked with plant dyeing for more than 20 years, she has developed her own style and technique of leaf imprints greatly inspired by living with the abundance of materials on the Far North Coast of NSW, as well as a desire to move towards a more sustainable and environmental friendly way of working.

“I love the way one can get involved with fabric – right into the core of the fibre. Each piece of fabric has its own history, which becomes my starting point for working as well as my immediate response to it. My work feels very much like setting the scene for a mystery to unfold.”

I consider painting like a dance that is pure gestural expression. I marry my heart to my hand and together they speak visual music. Sometimes the beauty, colours and light play are overwhelming and I am forced to blurt the information onto the surface in quick strokes saying just enough about how I am feeling towards my subject rather than telling what my subject looks like. At other times I linger and drink in all that I perceive and gently caress the painting surface with delicate information out of pure respect and amazement. The dance on the surface is always unique, rhythmic yes, but not contrived. It has to be genuine, it has to express my inner most responses, and it has to be mine and mine alone. Though I dance alone I dance for others to enjoy so they too can palpate the emotions of the visual music.

Artist Biography

My journey with pastels began in 1993. Since that time I have loved every minute of every pastel experience…I think they were made for me. I am New Zealand born to Australian parents. The visual experiences of both countries initially caused me confusion due to the vast colour differences between the two landscapes, but today the two augment and enhance my paintings. The creativity gene runs throughout my family where you will find composers, piano builders, soloists, pianists, violinists, visual artists, photographers, film makers, dancers and writers.

For many years I worked in other areas of creativity that did not include painting – music, craft, clay, etc. Today my total focus is painting. I initially studied painting for 7 years with the one teacher before supplementing my studies with high profile tutors both within Australia and internationally in Paris, New York, and other parts of the USA. Encouragement along the way has included being awarded Master Pastellist Status with the Pastel Society of Australia, Scholarship to study pastel painting in New York, Pastellist of the Year Award 2007 and multiple awards in both pastels and portraiture in Australia and Internationally. I have been honoured to have been published in multiple publications, encompassing books and magazines.

As an avid learner I will continue to study and share the results of my findings in future paintings.

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With a Diploma in Fine Art and a love of textiles, Anne Leon has led  a rich artistic career spanning 30 years.  Her vast experience encompasses screen, lino and block printing, hand painting, marbling, batik, Shibori, and natural plant dying.  Anne Leon’s fabric design studio produces custom hand-printed textiles on a range of fabrics from fine silk to cotton, hemp, wool and furnishing canvas.

Artist Biography

Anne’s hand-crafted fabrics have been used to create a diversity of end products:

Lingerie

Resort wear

Wraps and shawls

Bridal

Hotel Uniforms

Co-ordinated soft furnishings

Silk banners

Acoustic wall panels

Ballet and stage costumes

Framed fine art pieces

World Expo ’88 saw the launching of some of Anne’s finest and most publicised hand-painted silk Butterfly wings used in the daytime parade by the stilt walkers.  She is regularly commissioned by festivals, casinos, resorts and hotels to produce unique hand-painted silk banners, flags and wall panels.   She works with Interior Designers, Architects, Couturiers and Corporations both domestically and internationally.  Her unique and versatile style has earned her large commissions from clients such at The Hyatt Hotel Group; Fiji Outrigger; Sandy Lane, Barbados; Jupiter’s Casino, Gold Coast; Reef Casino, Cairns; Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne and many more.

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JUDY WILFORD

Judy works with the mediums of fabric and thread and the many and varied techniques of Hand Embroidery.  Her unique embroideries draw on years of personal study and practice in design, drawing, painting, print-making, clay and object making but it is the flexibility and technical variety inherent in textiles, in particular, hand embroidery that has and will continue to fascinate.

Her works are held in diplomatic, corporate and private collections in Australia and Internationally.  She holds a Churchill Fellowship – studying ancient and contemporary narrative embroideries in the UK, a Diploma of Design, Embroiderers Guild, NSW Proficiency Certificate for Applique: Distinction; and is a credited tutor with the Guild and TAFE.

She is a well regarded tutor throughout Australia and New Zealand at Textile Forums and McGregor Schools tutoring her developed techniques revolving around birds and their habitats, the wider landscape and narrative works.  She won the 2013 National Australian Society of Miniature Arts Awards for Mixed Media and the 2012 Yvonne Perring Memorial Award for best use of Traditional Techniques.

She has written articles for various magazines and books, such as Masterworks and Inspirations, as well having a book published by Sally Milner Publishing titled ‘Embroidered Landscapes’.

Exhibitions

* Exhibited at Australian Craft Shows from 1989 – 2002

* Exhibited biannually, Bungendore Woodworks Octagon Gallery, 1995 -2008

* Inverell 2003

* Stanthorpe Regional Galleries 2011

*NERAM Armidale 2014 and again in 2017 opening end of September.

* Has been included in selected Joint and Travelling Exhibitions with Textile Fibre Forum and Australia Wide – Oz Quilt over many years.

Biography

I have been a full time professional hand weaver since the mid 80’s and have been working, studying and playing in the textile field all my life. From this life-long commitment I can draw on my experiences to design and hand weave fabrics that excite.

My philosophy is to weave beautiful cloth and unique textiles, which industry is unable to achieve. I consider myself to be both a textile artist and an exacting craft’s worker with both roles being of equal importance in my practice.

As well as creating the original designs, I often hand dye the yarn or item to achieve the unique appearance that typifies my work. Either an eight, twenty four shaft computer assisted loom or drawloom is used.

Qualifications

STUDIES, selected

2008                       Certificate II in Business Administration, Southbank TAFE

2001                       Diploma of Research Methods James Cook University

1999-2000            Master Weaver Certificate, with distinction O H S,Canada

1993-7                   Weaving Certificate, with distinction. O H S, Canada.

1987                       Weaving 1. Flying Arts School, Kelvin Grove College of Advanced Education.

1974                       Diploma of Teaching. Kelvin Grove College of Advanced Education

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PROFESSIONAL

2012-2014              In charge of weaving studio at Sturt, NSW

2008- 2012             Second Vice President, Complex Weavers. (International)

2008- 2012             Director, The Australian Forum for the Textile Arts

2004- 2015            Complex Weavers Area Rep (Qld, NSW, ACT, VIC), (International)

2004-9                   Committee Redland Arts Council

2001-4                   Director, The Australian Forum for the Textile Arts

2000-1                   Board member: Queensland Spinners, Weavers and Dyers

1998-2000              RADF committee member, Redland Shire Council

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITION

2015                       Pattern: A Universal Phenomenon, Emerald Regional Art Gallery, Qld.

2014                      Ponoply: A splendid array. Framed, Darwin

2013                       Pattern: A Universal Phenomenon, Redlands Art Gallery, Queensland.

2013                      Pattern: A Universal Phenomenon Gallery 159, The Gap, Queensland.

2012                       A Common Thread, Sturt Gallery, Mittagong, NSW

2011                       Line, Angle, Curve Framed, Darwin, Northern Territory

2007-9                     Indulgence Museums and Galleries touring Queensland Regional galleries

2006                       selected works from Indulgence, Cadbury Factory, Tasmania

2006                       Indulgence, Craft Qld. Gallery, Brisbane

1997                       Kay Faulkner, Handwoven Textiles Paint Pot Gallery, Yeppoon.

1997                       Kay Faulkner Foyer exhibition, Noosa Regional Gallery.

1996                       Flying Shuttles , Old Schoolhouse Gallery, Cleveland.

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS, selected

2014                       Organic, International Damask Network, Waalras Museum, Netherlands

2014                        Exposition, Touring exhibition Qld (Warwick Regional Art Gallery and

Redlands Museum and W.A.

2010                        Japanese Story, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

2010                        Scarf , a touring exhibition by World Shibori Network Australia and New

Zealand: Barometer, Sydney; Gallery 159, Brisbane.

2010                        Enchanted, Juried yardage exhibition Convergence, Albuquerque, USA

2010                       To Great Lengths,  Gallery 159, Brisbane

2009                      Threads of Influence, Sturt Gallery, Mittagong, NSW

2009                       A Dozen Weavers  Final exhibition (20th), Toowoomba Regional Art

Gallery

2008                       Weavers…. Showing Off Ray Walshe House, Tamworth

2008                       Australia Naturally, Paris American Academy, Paris, France

2008                       Weave and Resist, Ybor Community College Gallery, Tampa, USA

2008                       Postcard Exhibition , Redlands City Regional Art Gallery

2007                       Connected, Framed, Darwin, N.T.

2006                       Juried Fashion Show, Convergence, USA

2005                       Celebrate Australia: retail showcasing Qld. product, Millenia Walk, Singapore

2005-1992            A Dozen Weavers Annual exhibition, Brisbane

2005 -1                  Bayside Six, Redlands Museum, Cleveland

2004                       I Can See For Miles Juried yardage show, Convergence, Denver USA

2004                       Juried Fashion Show, Denver USA

2003,2.1                Alice Craft Acquisition, Crafts Council of the Northern Territory

2003-1                   Dame Mary Durack Outback Crafts Awards

2002                       Ikatus Australis Bowen Is B.C. Canada  (shared space Alan Tremain)

2001                       The City of Redcliffe Excellence in Craft Awards,Redcliffe Art Gallery

2001                       20th National Craft Acquisition Award, Museum & Art Gallery, Darwin, N.T.

1999                       25th Alice Craft Acquisition Award  selected

1996-4                   Impressions of Southbank Touring exhibition by the Qld Arts Council.

My work is very influenced by my surroundings. I love living in the city with the haphazard layers of urban communication. I am especially inspired by the walls with  overlapping posters, faded advertisements and sprawling graffiti. Even though much of the text on the walls is cryptic and illegible – by choice or from exposure to the elements – it involves you in a form of public communication.

Seeing the fragmented traces of text on the walls, makes me wonder about the traces I myself will be leaving behind and how they will be interpreted.

I was a journalist before I became an artist, and text and language continue to be my main source of inspiration. I like words, both because of their graphic quality and because of their ability to convey meaning.

The text on my pieces is not meant to be contemplated for its meaning. It is there to be seen – rather than to be read – and to be seen as the human need for communication, from writing literature to scratching on a rock, spray-painting an abandoned building or making a quilt.

My work is constructed like collage. I usually combine cotton, linen, silk, cheese cloth and paper, and I apply a variety of surface design techniques, including dyeing, painting, discharge, printing, screening, rusting and stitching.

I could be painting with oil on canvas, but I like working in the textile medium, because of the tactile quality and because it is so identified with women’s history.

Jette Clover

Biography

Jette  was born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark, but she has lived and worked for many years in USA and the Netherlands. Since 2005 she has been living in Antwerp, Belgium.

Her formal education is in journalism and art history. She has worked on a daily newspaper in Copenhagen, had an art gallery in Los Angeles, California and a jazz club in the Netherlands. Later she curated exhibitions at the Dutch Textile Museum for more than 10 years, a.o. the very first European Art Quilts exhibition in 1997. Since 1998 she has worked full time as a studio artist.

In 2000 she organized the two year course, Quilten Speciaal, for experienced quilters in the Netherlands.This course is now being held in connection with the Dutch Quilters Guild, and in 2016 group 14 started.

Jette has exhibited widely in USA, Europe and Asia, and she is a sought after teacher for workshops in surface design.

She has been a member of the European group Quilt Art since 2000, and she was a member of the Art Quilt/New York group for ten years. She is a member of SDA (Surface Design Association) and of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Association) and served as its international representative for Europe and Israel for three years.

Exhibitions

Resume Highlights

(Selected exhibitions since 2000):

2016

Wide Horizons V/ SAQA, Carrefour, Alsace, France, traveling 2016-2017

Break Out: Quilt Visions 2016, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA, US

Quilts=Art=Quilts, Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, NY, USA

edge 6, Sunderland Gallery, Omaha, NE

Fine Art Quilt Masters, Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, UK

2015

6th European Quilt Triennale, Max Berk Museum, Heidelberg, Germay, traveling 2015-2016

Maker, Making, Made/ Through Our Hands group, Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, UK

The Liberated Quilt/ Through Our Hands group, Bilston Craft Gallery, Bilston, UK

Small Talk, 30 Years Quilt Art, Festival of Quilts, Birmigham, UK, traveling 2015-2017

Dialogues, 30 Years Quilt Art, Max Berk Museum, Heidelberg, Germany, traveling 2015-2017

The Text is the Image (solo) Galerie Zone, Leiden, Netherlands

Textiel Biennale 2015, Kunststichting Perspektief, Haacht, Belgium

2014

Wide Horizons IV/ SAQA Val d’Argent, Alsace, France, traveling 2014-16

European Art Quilts VIII, Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, UK, traveling 2014-16

Architectuur’Elles, Le Mans, France

Mindful Landscapes/ edge 5, The Sunderland Gallery Omaha, NE

2013

Quilt National, Dairy Barn, Athens, Ohio, US, traveling 2013-15

Calligraffiti (solo), Nordwolle Museum, Delmenhorst, Germany

Woorden op Wanden (solo), galerie Waterloo 35, Antwerpen, Belgium

Fabrications (solo), Nadelwelt, Karlsruhe, Germany

Art Quilts in Nederland, Gouda, the Netherlands

Quilt Art in Russia, the Quilt Art group, Tsarritsyne Museum, Moscow, Russia

2012

Voices/Quilt Art, Bovey Tracey, Devon, UK, traveling 2012-14

Synchronicity, HighWire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Art Quilt Elements 2012, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Taiwan Int. Quilt Exhibition, Tainan City and Taichung, Taiwan

European Art Quilts VII, Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, UK , traveling 2012-14

5th European Quilt Triennial, Heidelberg, Germany, traveling 2012/2013

Wide Horizon III/ SAQA, Val d’Argent, France, traveling  2 years

Seasonal Palette/ SAQA, IQF Houston, TX, traveling 2012-16

2011

Celebrate, 20th Anniversary Exhibition, Nat. Quilt Museum, Paducah, KY

The Art Quilt Experience, The Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Cazenovia, NY

Letters, Words and Sentences, (solo) Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, UK

Urban Landscapes, Visions Art Museum, San Diego, CA

2010

Small Notes – Big Stories (solo), Lugano, Switzerland

Quilt Visions 2010: No Boundaries, Oceanside Museum of Art, CA

European Art Quilts VI, Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, UK, travelig 2010/2012

Quilt Art @ 25, Bankfield, Halifax, UK, traveling 2010-2013

Quilt Art: International Expressions, Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, IN, traveling 2010-15

A Slice of Quilt Art, Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, UK, traveling 2010-14

35/35 Contemporary European Art Quilts, Neuchatel, Switzerland

Art Quilt Elements 2010, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

Kleine Berichten-Grote Verhalen, baquba ( 3 person show) traveling in the Netherlands and Belgium 2010/2011

Wide Horizon II/ SAQA, Val d’Argent, France

2009

SAQA @ 20, Art & Excellence, Houston, TX, traveling 2 years

4th European Quilt Triennale, Heidelberg, Germany traveling 2009/2010

Taiwan International Quilts 2009, Tainan City Taiwan

Reflections/ Transformations 09, FoQ, Birmingham, UK, traveling

2008

Masters: Art Quilts I, IQA, Houston, TX,  traveling 2 years

European Art Quilts V, FoQ, Birmingham, UK, traveling 2008-10

Quilt Visions 2008, Oceanside Museum, CA

Urban Poetry, (solo) Gallery Imagering, Malmoe, Sweden

Wide Horizons, SAQA/Europe, Val d’Argent, France

Icons & Images, Transformations 08/SAQA, traveling

9th Quilt Nihon, Tokyo, Japan traveling

2007

QA22, the Quilt Art group, traveling in UK, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands

Reconstructions (solo) Gallery Quiltstar, Freiburg, Germany

Artextures 4, Paris, France, traveling 2 years

Reverberations/Transformations 07/ SAQA, F of Q, Birmingham, UK (traveling)

2006

Visions 2006, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA

Inscriptions (solo), Bad Saulgau, Germany

3rd European Art Quilt Triennial, Heidelberg, Germany, traveling 2006/2007

European Art Quilts IV, Lyon, France, traveling 2006-2008

Transformations I/ SAQA, F of Q, Birmingham, UK, traveling

Art Quilts @ Sedgwick 06, Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

2005

Keeping Track of Time (solo) Atlantic Art Center, New Smyrna Beach, Florida

In Pursuit of Yellow (solo), Museum of Arts & Science, Melbourne, Florida

QA20, the Quilt Art group, traveling in UK, the Netherlands, Hungary, Germany,

France, Japan, Canada

Form Not Function, Carnegie Center of Art, New Albany, IN

2004

Visions 2004, Oceanside Museum, San Diego, CA

Art Quilts @ Sedgwick 04, Philadelphia, PA

Art Quilts at Whistler, Lowell, MA

2003

Transatlantic Dialog (2 pesons show), Textile Museum, Herning, Denmark

Re-Interpretations, the Quilt Art group, Braintree Museum, Essex, UK (traveling)

Fiber Artists, The Artist Museum, Washington DC

7th Quilt Nihon, Tokyo, Japan

2002

Quilts & Collages (solo), Gallery Minos, Cocoa, Florida

Six Continents of Quilts, Museum of Art & Design, New York, traveling

Art Quilts@ Sedgwick 02, Philadelphia, PA

Craftforms 2002, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

2001

Urban Walls (solo) Val d’Argent, France

Moving On, the Quilt Art group, traveling in UK, Germany and the Netherlands

European Art Quilts II, Museum NCH, Breda, the Netherlands, traveling 2001/2003

CQ96, (3 person show), Galerie Zone, Leiden, the Netherlands

Traditions & Innovations, Museum of Decorative Applied Art, Riga. Latvia

2000

Miniartextil, Como, Italy

Out of Time, Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA

Mood Indigo, New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA

1st European Quilt Triennial, Heidelberg, Germany, traveling 2000/2001