Apart from school sewing, I am self taught. I was a keen ballroom dancer and made all my own gowns, and sewed for others, including weddings. This has given me a diverse range of scraps, so when I started making quilts for use at home, I also started making wall hangings using different textures. Attending the foundation meeting and consequent gatherings of the then Quilters Guild of NSW was a revelation. I started teaching at the local State School and branched into Community Art with the Willoughby City Council’s Bi-Centennial Banner Project starting in 1984 and completed in 1988. Numerous other projects with various Councils, followed.
In 1990 I was accepted into the BA of Art Education at UNSW, College of Fine Arts and started teaching high school art on completion in 1995. During these years, I continued making textile artworks. I still continue to use scraps and rarely buy for the surface design, although wadding and backing is purchased. The different textures are all important. Generally, nature is my inspiration and how it makes me feel. And this is what I want to impart to the viewer. On occasion, I look within and my mood will be reflected in an artwork. I also enjoy life drawing and painting and gardening.
Layers of the Rainforest
Retail Price: A$2000
Dimensions: 268cm x 114cm (105 x 45in) (H x W)
- Panel 1: ‘The Canopy’. Little light. Lushness, vines, Textures and variety awe me.
- Panel 2: ‘The Understorey’. Little light reaches below the canopy but the death of tree bring sunlight into the forest
- Panel 3: ‘The Forest Floor’. Clear of vegetation, puddles and decaying mulch abound.
- 2011 ‘Forest Threads’, Whitehorse Art Space, Box Hill. Vic. AQIPP.
- 2012 ‘Progressions’ Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Qld. The Darling Downs Textile Art Group.
- 2013 Sydney Quilt Show, The Quilters Guild of NSW Inc. .
Awards: Best Use of Colour, 2013 Sydney Quilt Show, The Quilters Guild of NSW Inc.
Photographer: Toowoomba Art Gallery
© Yvonne Line