I am a weaver and textile artist living in Canberra. My art studies were undertaken in the Netherlands and in Australia, and I gained a Bachelor of Arts in textiles in 1986 from the Canberra School of Art. A desire to know more about everything subsequently led me to post graduate studies in both museums and business. I maintained a studio, taught and exhibited until the early 2000's when employment commitments slowed my ability to exhibit. In 2016 my studio was re-established in my home and I am enjoying once again working as a full-time artist, hand weaver and occasional weaving instructor with Canberra Spinners and Weavers.
My primary focus is exploring textile structures either by hand weaving or other means of construction, for example the perspex structures on my archive page. I use photography and occasional sketching in my design process, eventually deciding on specific structures and materials after determining my desired visual outcome.
My complex woven designs are finalised using weaving software that also controls my floor looms. Often the design process can take longer than the weaving, so some days I feel more like a computer nerd than an artist. That is when I may enjoy more meditative, free flowing activities such as stitching, machine embroidery, occasional printmaking and some recent new skills in bookbinding.
I use a 24 shaft loom and enjoy the challenge of creating asymmetrical and abstract imagery and design that relate to architecture, landscape, topography, lived experience and memory.
I exhibit regularly with textile artists group Networks Australia.
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