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Conversation with Elizabeth Lada Gray, Australia

Elizabeth Lada Gray I am a still life painter in oils, a mixed-media artist, a collage maker, a storyteller, a community history researcher and a sometimes workshop tutor who lives in the foothills of Mt Wellington, Tasmania. Trained as a textile designer, I gained a…

Conversation with Elizabeth Bunsen, USA

I am a sensualist. I love tuning in to all of my senses. Process, the imperfect, the impermanent and the unfinished sing to me. I am a wabi-sabi wannabe. I see Madonna’s in mud-puddles. At dusk, when the sky turns a raspberry cream, the crows…

Conversation with Diane Savona: USA

Diane Savona presents domestic artifacts in an archaeological context. As she honors previous generations of women, she is creating art that changes viewer perception of our textile heritage. Born in 1949, Savona lives in Passaic, NJ. Her work has been shown in galleries and museums,…

Conversation with Catherine Kaufman, UK

Soft Sculpture and Mixed Media Artist Education: Catherine holds a First Class BA Honors Degree in Fine Art she is now studying towards her Masters Degree in Fine Art. She also holds a City and Guilds in Soft Furnishing and Upholstery. In her practice and…

Conversation with Ann Small, UK

There are two parts to Ann’s art. One is the textile creation of large bold statement pieces and the other is her love of creating smaller mixed media pieces. In the last few years she has been able to combine the two by way of…

Conversation with Angelika Werth, Canada

I have lived and worked in four countries: France, Germany, Australia and Canada; I love them all, Canada is my home. The most inspiring experiences in the Textile world for me was working for Yves Saint Laurent in Paris, France many years ago and most…

Conversation with Meredith Woolnough, Australia

Meredith Woolnough is an Australian artist working in the coastal region of Newcastle NSW. Her practice engages with the natural environment utilising the skeletal frameworks of flora and fauna as the basis of her own embroidered specimens. Threads are densely stitched into freeform sculptures that…

Conversation with Pam de Groot, Australia

Pam de Groot is Australian and has lived in the Blue Mountains since 1991. She began her creative career as a potter but has now moved to the field of fibre art. Here she found a material with qualities that resembled the clay. “In working…

Conversation with Pamela MacGregor, USA

‘My life as an artist has taken many turns over the years. Artist as student, artist as teacher and now retired teacher as felt artist. Since my retirement, the discovery of felt making has charged me with a new artistic energy. I find the versatility…

Conversation with Patsy Bush, Australia

I find the prospect of creating art fascinating. I can hardly wait to start and I rarely run out of ideas. I really love the process of making art and would like this enjoyment to come through my work. Printmaking allows me to make multiple…

Conversation with Anna Davern, Australia

Anna Davern is one of Australia’s most respected contemporary jewellers. Her practice straddles the visual arts, jewellery and fashion. She gained her undergraduate degree in Jewellery and Object Design at Sydney College of the arts and her postgraduate studies and subsequent Masters degree were completed…

Conversation with Peta Lloyd, Australia

Peta Lloyd is a visual artist incorporating printmaking and collage into assemblages, artist books, box works and wall narratives. Peta completed a Diploma of Visual Art in 2007 majoring in printmaking. Peta describes herself as a Bricoleur, a ‘Jill of all trades’, recycling, remaking and…

Conversation with Alison Schwabe, Uruguay

Born in Launceston in 1946, Alison grew up in a family where all the women sewed, knitted and embroidered. After studying geography, ancient history, geomorphology and English, she began teaching in high schools; but after marrying a mining man and moving regularly, the teaching career…

Conversation with Ro Bruhn, Australia

Ro Bruhn – Hand Dyed Fabric Journal Artist Ro’s passion for colour can be seen in her art working with fabrics, paper, mixed media and jewellery. Her journals incorporate recycled fabrics and clothing, found objects and papers. Each journal being a unique piece of art.…

Claire Benn, UK

Claire Benn Profile.. Claire has been focused on art full-time for the last 17 years; both making and teaching. She works with heavy cotton, linen or hemp, often combining earth pigments (through mono printing, painting or scraping) and stitch to produce reductive, abstract pieces. She…

Conversation with Sally Everett, Australia

CONVERSATION WITH THE MAKER(CWTM) Did you always envision a life as an artist? SALLY EVERETT (SE) No, but I was greatly encouraged and influenced by my mother from an early age to develop my skills and creativity. She was a lady, whose elegance and yet…

Conversation with Nonie Sutcliffe

Did you always envision a life as an artist? I came to seriously think of myself as a maker about 1983 when I began studying Weaving at Melbourne College of Textiles. Embroidery and felt-making followed on, rounding my skills and broadening my view of textiles.…

Conversation with Susan Purney Mark, Canada

Conversation with the Makers(CWTM) Did you always envision a life as an artist? Susan Purney Mark(SPM) Oh, I wish I had, at times I yearned for a rather bohemian, free style kind of life. But it was impressed on me rather early that I had to have…

Conversation with Kay Lancashire

CONVERSATION WITH THE MAKER(CWTM) Did you always envision a life as an artist? KAY LANCASHIRE(KL) When at school, I wanted to be an art teacher and- well- unfortunately my results meant that I ended up in an office job, but I always had that in…

Conversation with Eszter Bornemisza

Conversation with the Maker(CWTM) Did you always envision a life as an artist? Eszter Bornemisza (EB) No, absolutely not. I graduated in mathematics, made my Ph.d, and worked nearly twenty years in the field. CWTM What was your first experience with making art? EB I started making…
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