Tricia Smout is a registered teacher (BA, BSc, Grad Dip Art Ed), and she has been teaching Artist Books, Calligraphy and Paper Crafts in TAFE colleges, community venues, primary schools and high schools for over twenty-five years.
As a practising multi-media artist she works with all types of textiles – fibres, paper, yarns and fabrics. She enjoys exploring the tactile qualities of the materials and playing with textures and colour combinations.
Her work has been exhibited in galleries in Queensland, interstate and overseas, and has also been published in internationally-renowned journals. Her artworks have been purchased by institutions and private collectors in Australia, the United Kingdom, America and Asia. She undertakes corporate commissions and has won various awards.
Johanna began her millinery training in 1998. She developed and refined her skills in the traditional methods of model millinery and blocking, which gave her the foundations on which to create her own millinery style.
In 2004 Johanna decided to step back from full-time millinery to study theatre production. This further developed her interest in costume and soft-prop design & construction while continuing to design and make couture millinery.
Johanna has spent time in London where she displayed her work at Covent Garden and exclusive millinery boutiques in Richmond-Upon-Thames, Fulham, and Bristol. She has also sold through The Hat Shop in New York City. More recently Johanna was named the RAW Australia accessories designer for Queensland in 2013. She is now based in Brisbane, running workshops in Brisbane and Toowoomba in addition to selling via www.johannaguerin.com and select markets.
Cathy Moon is an Australian fiber artist whose work is inspired by the intense colors of her native landscape. She has attended workshops conducted by Australian shibori artists Margaret Barnett, Patricia Black and Philomena Hali as well as workshops run by American artists Ana Lisa Hedstrom and Jean Cacicedo.
“Shibori techniques are used as a starting point for my work as I am constantly fascinated by the infinite amount of design possibilities they provide for my fabric designs. Like the environment, shibori is ever evolving, providing the artist with an infinite number of designing possibilities.
I produce one of a kind clothing and art pieces and my work is influenced by the huge variety of intense, rich colours that are so much a part of the Australian landscape. I endeavour to reflect the combination of these colours with shibori techniques in my work.”
Joan was born and brought up in South Africa, studied Fine Art at University, majoring in Sculpture; from there she taught high-school Art in England.
Joan took up spinning in 1980; loves handspindling, really loves demonstrating spinning and related crafts, and helping others learn them.
Lindy participated in the 2009 Ashford Distributor’s Retreat. Her hand-spun, hand-woven / hand-felted reversible jacket is included in the latest “Wheel” Magazine, distributed to Ashford members around the world.
She has been producing and designing exhibition standard craft pieces in spinning, weaving, lace crochet, knitting, tatting and embroidery for over 25 years and has won Champion prizes in Spinning, Crochet and Embroidery at the Brisbane Ekka and other competitions on many occasions.
She regularly demonstrates at the Queensland Spinners Weavers and Fibre Artists’ displays at the RNA and Convention Centre and is President of the Redcliffe Spinners, Weavers & Dyers.
Phillipa Rooke is a feltmaker from Brisbane, whose primary focus is on hand-dyeing fine fabrics, wool and silk fibre, and threads for the making of nuno, or lightweight, felt often used for garments.
Phillipa has been teaching feltmaking for the past 20 years.
Phillipa first started felting in 1982. Since then she has taught and exhibited extensively, and been instrumental in setting up two felting groups. Phillipa teaches classes for Flying Arts, high schools, TAFTA Forums, small studio groups, and private classes at home and away.
Her current practice reflects her passion for fine felts with fabrics and includes an exploration of the appropriate use of coarser wool breeds.
Prudence’s unique way of blending two traditional crafts whilst often using upwards of 100 different yarns in the fabric for a single garment enables her to produce richly textured wearable-art pieces that still retain all of the flexibility, drape and fit of traditional knitwear. She has developed many techniques that make it possible to combine very diverse weights, gauges and yarn types, so that she can create the colour palettes and tactile fabrics she desires.
Over the past seven years she has shared her knowledge at many different shows and workshops in the UK, Denmark, New Zealand, Bermuda, Singapore, Canada and the USA, where she also once filmed an episode about some of her handbag-making techniques for a crafts program on American cable TV.
She loves colour and texture, and often just takes her inspiration from the wide range of interesting threads she chooses for each individual garment, working each yarn in a way that she feels will best add to the organic quality of the fabric she is creating.
In her workshops you can learn how easy it is to combine the age-old crafts of knitting and crochet together in the one design, discover just which stitches and techniques work best in particular situations, and find out how you can eventually join all of your freeform experiments together to create your own totally unique works of textile art. Freeform fabrics can be made to fit any size or shape of pattern, and could eventually become your own personal wearable art garment, one-of-a-kind accessory or unique home furnishing.
Winifred Therese (Tess) Murray – Certified Teacher ADVA
Tess Murray has had a long time position in some State and High Schools and in TAFE, teaching in areas of fashion, fabric and fibre. After retiring she dyed assorted fibres for the Spinners & Weavers “Emporium” for about 13 years, before the assortment of products that are now available.
She exhibited regularly at a Gallery in the Brisbane City Hall as a member of the “Yarning About Group” for ten years.
As an ongoing commitment to QSW&D and now QSW&FA, she demonstrated dyeing at the Brisbane Exhibition and other venues.
She has conducted workshops in dyeing on a number of occasions at Fibrecraft House.