I am a textile artist and am fascinated with any kind of printing and dyeing onto fabric. I came to textile art rather late in life. Since beginning my art form, I have concentrated almost exclusively on exploring and developing my love of printing onto fabric. My main focus is to manipulate fabric and dye. I use surface design to create images on fabric. Coming to this art form, not from art school training but from an experimental place, I have created my own original methods for applying dye to the fabrics I love working with, natural fibres like cotton, silk, hemp, linen and bamboo.
I started using synthetic, more conventional dyes, but I now almost exclusively dye with plants and metals and love the organic and surprising results. I use flowers, leaves, bark, roots and fruit and mixtures of these to create marks and colours through steaming and I also make liquors of quantities of flora which I use with shibori techniques of dyeing. I collect both native and cultivated plants from wherever I happen to be which is mostly on the South Coast of NSW but previous winters have found me in the tropical north of Queensland.
I constantly have a number of pieces in some pot or another and try to curb my impatience and curiosity and leave my bundles for as long as I can to deepen the mark making and colour transfer and add complexity. I am finding this a consuming passion, even more than the printing I began with. It is one of my objectives to preserve the hand-craft of textile art and design.
1995 Colour and Design, with Anne Breckwolde, Bega.
2006 Open Art Course, ‘Developing a Visual Voice”, ANU School of Art with Elisa Crossing.
2007 ‘Eco print’ workshop, with India Flint, ANU.
2011 EFTAG Workshop with Jan Irvine Nealie ‘Artfully Stitched’2011 EFTAG workshop with Tony
Dyer ‘A Positive Detour’
1997-1999 Australian Craft Show, Canberra (three times) & Sydney (twice), receiving one award for Best
Display & one award for best Special Exhibit.
2001-02 ”Dyeing to Print”, Solo exhibition at Spiral Gallery Bega. “Bedrooms and Beyond”, Solo exhibition
at Spiral Gallery, Bega. “Wrapped in Summer” Solo exhibition at Ish Gallery, Tilba.
2004 ‘Drawn in’, a CraftACT initiative to show work in glass showcases in the Canberra Centre. Textiles
inspired by the North, the Centre and the Southern seas.
2000-2004 Represented in Shekina Gallery, Cobargo; Studio Altenburg, Braidwood; Arctistic, Narooma;
Kingston Bus Depot Markets, Canberra; Art in the Streets, Bega;
Joint exhibitions: Café Beyond, Bermagui, Botanic Gardens, Batemans Bay.
1997-2011 15 Annual Easter Exhibitions with Cuttagee Artists Group, South Coast, founding member,
co-curating and exhibiting.
2005-2011 EFTAG (Eurobodalla Fibre & Textile Art Group), joint exhibitions at River of Art, Moruya & the Textile
Barn, Moruya. Joint Fashion Parade
2008-2011 Sculpture on the Edge, and Four Winds: my textiles & plant dyed silks Bermagui Community Facility