I am a textile and mixed media artist working in the lovely Nelson Region.
I am the Creative Director for Changing Threads, the Awards show for contemporary fibres and textiles. This prestigious exhibition aims to challenge the public perception of fibre and textile art. The work is conceptual, with a high standard of technical skill. Information for the 2020 show will be available on the Arts Council Nelson website from mid-September www.acn.org.nz
I work with Jo Kinross and David Ryan to run Creative Journey Workshops. We organise workshops and classes, encouraging students to learn in a supportive environment with highly skilled professional tutors. We are happy to work with individuals, small groups or to develop a programme to suit the needs of larger groups. We delight in sharing the arts with visitors to the Nelson area and are happy to run art exploration experiences to suit. We can be contacted through www.creativejourneys.co.nz
Between 2006 and 2018 I was part of executive committee of Arts Council Nelson which is responsible for promoting the arts in Nelson and the wider area. Part of our role was to run the Refinery Artspace Gallery which aims to foster Community arts through exhibitions, festivals and other events. I am currently on the board for NZ Creative Communities Nelson/Tasman area, which administers arts grants to various groups and individuals.
I am an experienced judge for quilt and fibre exhibitions. I attended a three-day workshop in quilt judging with judges from the American Quilt Society. Many of my works are in collections in New Zealand and overseas. I offer classes in sveral areas of textile and mixed media. I specialise in encouraging students to discover their own voice through creative exploration.
I tutor in textile and mixed-media art throughout New Zealand. Topics included:
Embellishment (including making beads, cords)
Surface design techniques
Free machine embroidery, felt, layering, burning and
cutback techniques, design skills
Creative Stitch making
Making Stamps and Stencils
Design and Colour workshops
Drawing with Mindfulness
My work is currently available during 2020, at the below locations: