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ARTIST'S STATEMENT

Judy Hooworth       
 
Biography

I live and work in Morisset, NSW. I studied at the National Art School 1963-66 and began making patchwork quilts and stitched textiles soon after. I have exhibited widely in Australia and abroad and my work has been published in many books and magazines throughout the world. I have taught quiltmaking since 1981 throughout Australia and have given classes and lectures in NZ, UK, Germany and USA. I have maintained a studio art quilt practice for more than twenty five years, and am also known for my colourful contemporary quilts that reference traditional patchwork patterns. I have written three books on contemporary quiltmaking, Spectacular Scraps and Quilts on the Double (with Margaret Rolfe), and Razzle Dazzle Quilts, all published by Martingale and Company. My quilts are held in public and private collections in Australia, UK and USA including the Powerhouse Museum Sydney, Tamworth Art Gallery, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. I was awarded the Quilters’ Guild NSW Inc. Study Scholarship 1994 and a Professional Development Grant from the Visual Arts/Crafts Fund, the Australia Council 1995.

Artist statement

Dora Creek flows close to my home; and I can walk out my front door and in less than a minute   be at the river bank, surrounded by the bush and the myriad bird life that can be found there. 
 I am captivated and mesmerised by its beauty. Constant, yet inconsistent, revealing and sometimes concealing, its’ moody and often dramatic variations from day to day in many ways mirror my emotions. I’m fascinated with the movement of light on water, the patterns created by time and tidal flow, and wind and rain.  Changes in the weather day by day, fluctuations in the light, and the changing seasons imbue the landscape with endless colour combinations and inspire my work.

 I create my own fabrics by painting, mono printing and discharge dyeing the cloth which is then collaged, pieced and quilted by machine.

 Recent Exhibitions

2010/2011:  Tamworth Fibre Textile Collection 1975-2010
                  Tamworth Regional Gallery, Tamworth NSW
2010/2011:  Cream of the Cloth: Quilts from the Marbaum Collection, 
                   San Hose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, CA, USA
2010:           ....living in the landscape.....(solo) Festival of Quilts, NEC Birmingham UK
                   and Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery QLD
2010:           Australia Wide II, Fairfield City Art Gallery
2009:           Art Quilt Australia 09. Craft Council Gallery ACT
2009:           Presentation: Contemporary Textiles, Territory Craft Gallery NT
2009:           Promote, Contemporary Craft. Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery NSW
2008:           Perspectives. Curated by Wendy Lugg, Bunbury Regional Galleries WA
2008:           Australia Wide. Ozquilt Network online exhibition
2008:           The Marbaum Collection. Dairy Barn, Athens OH, USA
2008:           My Place. Curated by Dijanne Cevaal, touring Sth Africa, Aust. NZ, Europe
2007:           Expressions of Place. (solo) Ewart Gallery, Willoughby NSW
2007:           Stitched in Place: Road to Condo(solo), Orange Regional Art Gallery, Orange NSW,
2007:           Collected. Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery, Wangaratta, Vic.
2007:           30th Alice Craft Acquisition. Araluen galleries Alice Springs NT
2007/08:      Changing Places.  with Pamela Fitzsimons. Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery NSW
                   Gallery 159 The Gap, Qld

AWARDS

2008:       Life membership, The Quilters’ Guild NSW Inc.
2005:       1st Prize One Step Further, Gordon Gallery, Geelong Vic
2005:       1st Prize miniature One Step Further, Gordon Gallery, Geelong, Vic
2005:       Award of Excellence. Beyond the Border, Yarrawonga, Vic.
1995:       Professional Development Grant. The Visual Arts/Crafts Fund of the Aust Council
1994:       Quilters Guild NSW Inc Study Scholarship


WRITING

QUILTS ON THE DOUBLE
(with Margaret Rolfe). That Patchwork Place. (Martingale and Company) USA, 2008

RAZZLE DAZZLE QUILTS
That Patchwork Place. (Martingale and Company), USA 2001

SPECTACULAR SCRAPS
 (with Margaret Rolfe). That Patchwork Place. (Martingale and Company) USA 1999

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