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Sharon Peoples

Sharon Peoples
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Sharon Peoples Textile Artist - Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Sharon Peoples – Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia





I am both a hand and machine embroiderer. Although I love to teach, my focus is always on the exhibition horizon. In 1994 I completed a Master of Visual Arts at the Australian National University (ANU). While I diverged down the path to academia, I picked up the threads of my arts practice in 2010 through a solo exhibition, Stepping Out, then Red Shoes in 2011, Habitus in 2014 and more recently, Shadow of Doubt in 2016.


I often try to pare down my textiles, although there is no denying the strongly decorative elements. I oscillate between full colour explorations, such as my red shoes, to black and white imagery. In the last fifteen years I have been constructing machine embroidered textiles using soluble fabric to make lace-like structures. Initially, my aim was to be included in the Powerhouse Museum’s Lace Award in Sydney. In 2011 I was rewarded and was chosen to exhibit in this international prize. This has been a great highlight. Returning to the studio close to full-time in 2016 has seen a stronger focus on lace, its context and connections to the body.


I regularly meet up a two small artist groups which exhibit together. I am also an accredited professional member of the CraftACT Craft and Design Centre.

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