Art was a passion throughout my school years in New Zealand, but I did not pursue developing those skills further until I was in my late 20’s. Enrollment at the Plymouth School of Art (Devon, UK) introduced me to textiles as a medium, and in due course, Contemporary Reverse Applique as a technique.
The choice to pursue textiles as a medium has been inspired by travels in Europe, and in particular the hangings, banners and tapestries lining walls of ancient dwellings. I am enamoured with the idea of clothing walls in textile art!
I like to work to a theme, with inspiration coming from a range of sources and I aim for each piece to connect with some meaning, symbol or story. It is a truth that we take our familiar surroundings for granted & seek out the ‘exotic’ elsewhere, without really LOOKING at the beauty we are surrounded by. This truth directs a lot of my work, and is why the city of Adelaide, where I live, is my consistent source of inspiration
I am a currently a member of the Fibre Artists Network and a Fellow of The Royal South Australian Society of Arts.
Retail Price: AUD$300
Dimensions: 81 x 32cm (H x W)
Statement: Presented in a quilt format and worked in contemporary reverse applique with embroidery and bead embellishment, ‘City Borders’ was inspired by the decorative architectural borders that adorn some of the older buildings in the city of Adelaide.
Photographer: Joy Harvey
Retail Price: NFS
Dimensions: 142 x 61cm (H x W)
Statement: Traditional tartan is a woven cloth representing family & it’s colours are derived from local plants. The design for this tartan, using reverse applique & embroidery is inspired by the weaving of powerlines across a sky patterned with leaf silhouettes of trees overhanging the footpaths between my Family’s homes.those elements.
Exhibitions: Dare To Differ 2017
Photographer: Liam Harvey