"My imagery often harks back to biological illustrative work from my earlier career, but have broken out from the formalistic constraints of that “container”, to be filled with energies, tensions and relationships."

The imagery of scientific investigation is integral to my art practice. My readings from the realms of religion, physics, biology and ecology and many years of keen observation of my local bioregion, have all contributed to an aesthetic investigation that dwells upon underlying patterns and relationships inherent in this part of the world: the patterns of water drops on leaves, the way lichen spreads on sandstone or the manner in which trees co-inhabit the landscape. The inspiration is endless.

Education and Experience

2014     3D printing workshop - with Three Farm - Blue Mountains City Gallery     

1996     Sculptural textiles with Jane Sauer (USA)
1995     Australian Network for Art & Technology. Summer School in

              Digital Design & Animation

1994     Master Creative Arts. - Wollongong University - first year
1994     Mystical Symbols/Ritual Objects with Walter Nottingham (U.S.A.)            

1988     Textile Constructions with Joan Michels-Pacque (U.S.A.)
1976      B.A. (Macquarie University). Majoring in Molecular Genetics & Ecology 

Awards 

2021     Regional Arts Victoria - Project Grant

1995     Australia Council - Visual Arts & Crafts Board. Project Grant

1993     Inaugural Scholarship - Quilters’ Guild of N.S.W.      
1990     Blue Mountains Art Prize - Category                                                   

1985,6,8 Australian Textile Art Prize - Awards of Merit
1986     Australia Council - Crafts Board - Project Development Grant

Solo Exhibitions 

2022     The Arboreal Planet suite - Falkner Gallery, Castlemaine

2020     exhibition of textile collages - Falkner Gallery, Castlemaine                                         

2018     “...stitched to everything...- musings of an errant ecologist”. Textiles and                                                   photographs. Falkner Gallery, Castlemaine                                                             

2016     “...stitched to everything in the universe…" , drawings. Falkner Gallery,                                                       Castlemaine 

2009   The lie of the land - Hat Hill Gallery - Blue Mountains, N.S.W.
2004    X3 - solo exhibition - sculpture and painting. Gallery Lane. Leura

1993     Quilted Works - Fairmont Resort - Blue Mountains, N.S.W.                                     

1989     “Full Circle” - quilted & sculptured Textiles - Narek Gallery, A.C.T.                            

1988     Quilted Works - Braemar Gallery, Springwood. NSW

1987     Quilts & Painted/Printed Textiles - Yartz Gallery, Sydney 

Selected Group Exhibitions 

2021     "Journeys"- Falkner Gallery, Castlemaine

2018     Art Quilt Australia                                                                                                                

2017     Art Quilts. Yarra Valley Regional Museum. Victoria                                      

2017     Art Quilt Australia - Launceston. Tasmania                                                                          
2014     Waste to Art - Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Gallery.                                                                            Blue Mountains Hornsby Art Prize. Sydney
2012      Regeneration - Contemporary Quilt Textiles. Manly Art Gallery & Museum           

2011       Winter Show - Papyrus Gallery - Leura. Textiles and Drawing
2010     Skin - Redant Gallery - Sydney. Photograhs                                                                  

2009    Split infinitive - Kerry Lowe Gallery - Newtown. Mixed media and drawings                                          Art Quilt Australia 09 - Crafts Council ACT                                                                 

2008    Paper, Rock Scissors - Ben Roberts Gallery - Lawson. Mixed media                                                      Tree/Creek - Ben Roberts Gallery - Lawson. Mixed media                                        

2004    ICON - Images of the sacred - Blue Mountains. Drawing                                                                        Hobart Art Prize - selected exhibition - Hobart Art Gallery                                         

2003    Blue Mountains Photographers - Katoomba                                                                                                  Creative Mountains Artists - Dorrigo Arts Council. Painting
2001     Hobart Art Prize - Fashion. Co-created with Paula Martin
1998     Tamworth National Fibre Exhibition - Tamworth City Art Gallery                                

1996     Stanthorpe Art Prize - Stanthorpe Regional Gallery, Queensland.                              

1995     Textile exhibition - Gallery 43. Leura. N.S.W.
1994     Melbourne Quilt Exhibition - invited Judge and exhibitor.                                                                         The New Quilt 1994 - Getting It Together. Manly, N.S.W                                                
1993     The Alice Art Prize - Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs                                                                             Highly Irregular - Quilts not according to rule - Manly Regional Art Gallery                                         Discerning Textiles - Investigations of Process & Structure - exhibition through the                           Directions Exhibition Project - Goulburn Regional Gallery                                   

1992     Australian Perspectives - works from six Australian Quilt Artists - Sydney                                             Homage to the Idol - Contemporary Quilts - Manly Regional Art Gallery                                             Tamworth National Fibre Exhibition - Tamworth City Art Gallery 

1991      Threads of Life - Textile Art from Western Sydney - Lewers Regional Gallery
               In the Sparkling Whorls of Light - World Council of Churches Conference, A.C.T.                              The New Quilt - contemporary Australian Quilts - Manly Regional Art Gallery                                    Threads of Journeys - Australian Quilt Textiles - Dpt. of Foreign Affairs & Trade 

1990     Fibre & Text - selected travelling exhibition, Ararat Regional Gallery

 

Publications 

2012     Textiles - The Art of Mankind by Mary Schoeser. Thames and Hudson                       

2011      Textile - Fibre Forum. Issue no.101
2009    Textile - Fibre Forum.
1992      The Quilters Kaleidoscope - Dianne Finnegan - Simon & Schuster.                                                        Craft Art” (Vol 25) - ‘Australian Perspectives’
1990      Piece by Piece - The Complete Book of Australian Quiltmaking - Dianne Finnegan                          Simon & Schuster.                                                                                                                  

1989      Australian Quilts - The People & their Art - Simon & Schuster.
1988      Quilt Australia - A national survey of contemporary Australian quiltmaking

               Bay Books. 

Workshop supervision 

1992     Surface Decoration - Cottage Studios. Katoomba
1988     Community Banners Workshops - Mudgee Bushcraft & Music Festival                               1987     Quilt/Banners Workshops - Lithgow Bicentennial Community Arts Project                        1986     Community Arts Banner project - Blue Mountains City Council 

Freelance Work 

1999-present: Set up ‘PerformingDesign’ - a partnership with Paula Martin specialising in corporate and theatrical design, Public art, scenic art, theatre design, sculpting & prop making, costume & mask designing & making.