Australian Textile Artist
Allegria – Colour for the soul
My work is an expression of my life, my life full of happiness, joy, a beautiful family, good friends and laughter. My inspiration comes from warm winter sun, the sound of the ocean, darting dragonflies, places I have been, family holidays, first spring gardens and everyday life. To wake each day knowing I will be creating an art work that brings joy to those who see it is very fulfilling.
From the time of our birth we are surrounded by colour and texture. The softness of baby’s skin, butterfly kisses laid gently on our cheeks. As we move through our life colour and texture bring to us emotive feelings, memories good and bad. Colour and texture affect our emotions, the motion and blueness of the sea, the first stirrings of spring.
I hand paint my silks, I collect threads, chords, ribbons and found objects and paper – a bit like a bower bird [only I collect a kaleidoscope of colour]. I build up layers of colour and texture tearing folding cutting twisting, raw edges, fraying. I love the way silk absorbs and reflects colour. Each art piece evolves as I am making it, I do not have drawings to work from, as I never know what will inspire me to go in a new direction, try some new ingredient, and push myself to experiment with something novel. It is always exciting, like reading an embracing book, you can’t wait to turn the page and the next and the next.
My faithful sewing machine has seen me through 30 years, a few new motors and 17 solo exhibitions. It is with the machine that I draw all the elements together; adding texture and colour. I also embellish my work with hand stitching, beading and collaging.
I am passionate about my art, created with joy, love and passion, often evoking a feeling of happiness in others. When I sell a piece of my work it is a sense of loss personally as each piece has a piece of me in it.
As an Australian textile artist I have exhibited in 18 solo exhibitions and many group exhibitions with in Australia. I also exhibit my textile art work in fine art shows and have won a number of monetary and acquisitioned prizes, my art work has been acquired for public spaces and is commissioned by individuals many from countries around the world .My greatest achievement is that my visual creativity makes people smile.