I live by the sea, on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula, in Victoria.
Married with three daughters, I am a trained
secondary teacher having worked mainly in the literacy
and special education faculties. My initiation into the
world of patchwork occurred approximately 20 years ago
when I was recovering from a course of chemotherapy.
Over the years I have dabbled in many
areas including strip piecing, bargello, colourwash, fabric
dyeing and painting, and machine embroidery After completing
some studies in design and color as part of a Diploma
of Art in 1996, I began to make my large vivid landscape
quilts depicting the Australian bush. Having the opportunity
to travel to many unique and fascinating parts of our
continent, I am continually challenged to reproduce these
images in fabric. Most of the textiles used have been
hand dyed or painted and feature extensive machine embroidery.
These quilts have won many major awards in Australia,
Europe, Japan and the United States. My quilt ‘Kimberley
Mystique’ was the winner of Australia’s most
prestigious national quilting award in 2003.
I have been teaching patchwork classes
for many years and I really enjoy sharing my knowledge
and skills with others. I like to challenge my students
to design their own quilts but I am also happy to provide
patterns for those less confident. My classes have proved
to be very popular with lots of students coming back for
a second or third class. I have traveled to many states
in Australia running workshops for small groups of country
quilters as well as teaching classes for larger guilds
in the major cities. I have also traveled extensively
overseas teaching classes in New Zealand, United States,
Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, South Africa, and Japan.
As well as being in demand as a teacher,
I have curated seven exhibitions of Australian quilts
to the United States and have had the privilege of judging
at many major shows. I have had a number of solo exhibitions,
including an invitation to exhibit at the prestigious
NEC Show in Birmingham, UK. My book, Luminous Landscapes,
was released by C&T in January 2007 and is proving
to be very popular.
What began as a therapy has developed
into a passion and has given me the opportunity to travel
the world exhibiting my quilts, teaching classes and meeting
lots of wonderful people.
Special 5 Day Class:
I am looking forward to teaching an extended week long class at
Madeline Island: School of the Arts
Special Event: AQC
Once again I will be teaching in Melbourne at this wonderful annual event.