Sharron Shalekoff, Somers,Victoria


My textiles begin with hand-dyed fabrics where colours and shapes are created by the fluid movement of dyes. With the addition of either hand stitching and/ or freestyle machine stitching, a narrative emerges and a tactile world is revealed for  the viewer to explore and interpret.

My first textile passion was a hexagon quilt (still not quilted) in the 1970s, followed by weaving and spinning in the 1980’s, but my love of colour came via Kaffe Fassett’s stunning knitwear designs.  A self-taught patchwork/quilter, I learned procion and disperse dyeing at Fibre Forum and have since been working with my own hand-dyed fabric almost exclusively.

My motivation always starts with the dyed fabric and develops intuitively towards a subject which has meaning for me.  The current and future state of the planet has become my focus since everything else depends on its well-being.  Textiles provide such an evocative means of exploring this subject with texture, line and colour and I have moved to a combination of free machine quilting and hand quilting to further emphasize shape and depth.

  • 2001   Vic Quilters Showcase: 1st Prize Open Category Small Quilts & 1st Prize Non-Professional Innovative Quilts
  • 2004   Vic Quilters Showcase: Runner-up Open Pictorial & Highly Commended Open Art Quilts
  • 2004   Vic Quilters One Step Further: Viewer’s Choice Joint Winner
  • 2007   Down Under Quilts Issue 108 – ‘Meet a Quilter’

Sharron Shalekoff - Night and Day

Night and Day

Retail Price: NFS
Dimensions: 75×143 cm (30 x 56 in) (H x W)
Statement: This abstract is the culmination of over a decade of hand-dyeing cotton fabric for numerous art quilts. My low-immersion dyeing is non-repeatable, which makes Night and Day a one-off. Using offcuts of varying dimensions and colours meant it was both challenging and fascinating to make the work “sing”.
Photographer: Bernard Shalekoff