Judy’s been creating art quilts for more than 30 years. A tutor, author, lecturer and judge she has shared her expertise with students in Australia and overseas. She has exhibited widely in Australia and overseas; her quilts have been featured in many books and magazines around the world, and she has written three books on quilt design. Judy is represented in public and private collections including the Powerhouse Museum Sydney and the Museum of Arts and Design New York. She received the Quilters Guild NSW Scholarship 1994, and a professional Development Grant from the Australia Council 1995. In 2012 Judy was presented with the Rajah Award for “her outstanding contribution to Australian quilting.”
Judy lives in the Lake Macquarie area between Sydney and Newcastle. Her main body of work is influenced and inspired by her surroundings, particularly Dora creek which flows near her home. She is interested in linear patterns, colour and mood caused by changes in the weather day to day. She is a keen bushwalker and photographer and is passionate about the preservation of her local environment.
Judy’s quilts encompass discharge, drawing, mono printing, painting and wax resist techniques and are extensively quilted.
Down the Down the Creek: twenty eight sketches
Retail Price: Sold. Private Collection
Statement: Dora Creek flows near the artist’s home and she walks there regularly. Often it’s the small scale aspects of the surrounding bush that captures her attention. Like the rhythm of walking, each new sketch developed its own tempo… re-drawing the familiar leads to new discoveries and interpretations.
Dimensions: 156 x 179cm (H x W)
Exhibitions: Quilts=Art=Quilts 2022
Down the Creek #8
Retail Price: $2500
Statement: The creek flows close by the artist’s home… a place to walk and contemplate the beauty and intricacy of the natural environment.
Dimensions: 149.5 x 108.5cm (H x W)
Exhibitions: Australian Quilts in Public Places 2022
Awards: Brother Australia Award
Dust storm over the Lake
Statement: A few years ago the east coast awoke to find itself blanketed in thick orange swirls of dust caused by strong westerly winds. An eerie and surreal vista subsumed the familiar landscape, a portent of unstable weather conditions.
Retail Price: POA
Dimensions: 130x115cm (H x W)
Exhibitions: Primal Forces: Wind. SAQA Global exhibition National Quilt Museum, KY,USA 2023
Mangroves: low tide Lake Eraring
Retail Price: A$2000
Dimensions: 107x114cm (H x W)
Statement: Mangroves anchor the shoreline all around lake Macquarie and its offshoots. They play a significant role for carbon storage and as natural buffers against storm surges, and provide habitat for juvenile fish. They are being seriously threatened by rising sea levels and temperatures.
Exhibition: One Step Further 2022
Awards: First Prize
Stuff of Dreams II
Retail Price: A$250
Dimensions: 25 x25cm (H x W)
Statement: A tree on the water’s edge at Lake Eraring, infused with dream -like colours.
Exhibition: petite: miniature textiles, Wangaratta Art gallery 2022