Category Archives: narrative

tell me a story

We’re hearing this a lot, in support of the worth of art nowadays. The narrative thread is much examined; hopefully soon enough some commentator will be able to step away from the imperative of their generation & get involved in … Continue reading

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new insights

A goth friend of mine in Adelaide decided to conduct a series of interviews with textile practitioners on her blog. She published my answers with the above tapestry, Desiring this man’s scope, 2002, woven tapestry, 95 cms H X W. … Continue reading

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My mother who was born in a Slovenian village and migrated to a central Qld country town constantly noticed supernatural events. She spoke of women with malign intentions as to be feared, and constantly looked out for them. On bad … Continue reading

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Archie Brennan can comfortably be given the accolade of having done most for the development of tapestry in the last 40 years. His partner is Susan Maffei, no slouch either as both student and practitioner of tapestry. They have given … Continue reading

Posted in Arachne, Archie Brennan, Artemis, EJW Barber, fibre, finished work, loom, narrative, quipu, Susan Maffei, tapestry, textile | Leave a comment

Tamworth Textile Triennial

On Fri last the newly refurbished Textile event opened at Tamworth Regional Gallery. Previously it had happened every two years; its new format will allow for a more vigorous, longer tour. Under the guiding hand of the charismatic Sandra McMahon … Continue reading

Posted in Belinda von Mengersen, buttons, Cresside Collette, Demelza Sherwood, fibre, finished work, Lucy Irvine, narrative, Patrick Snelling, Paula do Prado, Rodney Love, Sandra McMahon, Tamworth Textile Triennial, Tania Spenser | Leave a comment


The pitta is an Australian rainforest bird. Brilliantly feathered: orange rump, emerald back, cream breast with streaks of pale blue and bronze top, it nevertheless wears an anxious demeanour. As it nests among the roots of giant trees it is … Continue reading

Posted in fibre, finished work, indigenous birds, Jawlensky, Kandinsky, khelim, loom, narrative, pitta, tapestry | Leave a comment

Gareth work accepted

I’ve just been informed that of the many works from around the world sent to the first Kate Derum Tapestry Prize, the selection committee chose 43, mine being among them.   Portrait of Gareth Thomas I knew Kate Derum from … Continue reading

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