Dianne Firth, Canberra, ACT

E-mail: Dianne.Firth@canberra.edu.au

Starting with traditional bed quilts several decades ago, I have moved to using the quilt medium as a vehicle to explore issues and express ideas. Many of my works are informed by my training as a landscape architect and also from my observations of the relationships and interactions between nature and people. Using a process of abstraction I like to manipulate line, colour and texture to capture an idea, highlight an issue, or evoke a visual and emotional response in the viewer.

My quilts are held in public and private collections in Australia, Europe and USA including: the National Gallery of Australia, the Canberra Museum and Gallery, the Powerhouse Museum Sydney, Museum of Australia, Canberra, University of Canberra Art Collection, Wangaratta Gallery Victoria and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.


Retail Price: $1500
Dimensions: 190 x 106cm
Statement: This whole cloth wool quilt was inspired by the dry stone gardens I saw in Japan. Could they be islands surrounded by the sea, bubbles floating on water or just rocks set in raked sand?
Photographer: Dianne Firth


Black Mountain

Black Mountain by Dianne FirthRetail Price: NFS
Dimensions: 68 x 139cm (H x W)
Statement:  Black Mountain is a prominent mountain in central Canberra. The aboriginal name for it is Ngambri. This work is the third part of a triptych which was created as a response to a poem written about it by Subhash Jaireth
Exhibitions: Poetry and Place solo exhibition at Belconnen Arts Centre
Photographer: Andrew Sikorski


Canberra by Dianne FirthRetail Price: NFS
Dimensions: 69 x 100cm(H x W)
Statement:  Inspired by a poem by Pamela Beasant, this work responds to a visitor’s experience of Canberra
Exhibitions: Poetry and Place solo exhibition at Belconnen Arts Centre
Photographer: Andrew Sikorski

Kamberra - Dianne FirthKamberra: a Hundred Years On

Retail Price: NFS
Dimensions: 78x80cm (H x W)
Statement:  Before European settlement Canberra was a meeting place for regional aboriginal tribes. Now it is the meeting place for the Federal Parliament. This work is a response to a poem by Jeanine Leane
Exhibitions: Poetry and Place solo exhibition at Belconnen Arts Centre
Photographer: Andrew Sikorski


Make it Red by Dianne FirthMake it Red

Retail Price: NFS
Dimensions: 150 x 150cm (H x W)
Statement:  A commission from Germany for a functional quilt. It would be used on the lounge in their modernist sitting room. The only other requirement was that it be red.
Photographer: Andrew Sikorski

Dianne Firth - Wheat FieldsWheat Fields

Retail Price: NFS
Dimensions: 111 x 123cm (H x W)
Statement: Harvest is a golden time. I was inspired by the colour, texture and patterns of fields of ripe grain.
Exhibitions: Hands All Around’ exhibition in USA
Photographer: Andrew Sikorski


Dianne Firth - Earth BonesEarth Bones #2

Retail Price: NFS
Dimensions: 111cm x 123cm
Statement: ‘What giant creature might be lying under that hill?’ This was a game we played with our children on long car trips.
Exhibitions: Golden Textures’ exhibition 2015 at Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Maryborough, Victoria
Photographer: Andrew Sikorski