9:30 am at St Luke’s Anglican Church Hall, Berry
Guest Speaker - Kerryn Taylor
My early craft practice was in pottery and leatherwork, with infrequent bouts of embroidery. I was instrumental in 1974 to set up the Katherine branch of Territory Craft. I worked for many years organising workshops and teaching sessions. I am still a life member of Territory Craft.
In 1978 when I was on exchange teaching in United Kingdom I saw exhibitions and publications that opened my eyes to the range of textile art.
In 1980 I was dragooned into making up the numbers for a 3 day embroidery class taught by David Green in Katherine in the NT. I was hooked from then on. I have been fortunate to have had many opportunities to work with outstanding textile artists and quilt makers who have visited Katherine over a long period of time. I use a variety of techniques in my work, ranging from dyeing and printing, shibori resist printing , machine embroidery, hand embroidery, appliqué and photo collage as a base for stitching.
My design ideas come from the environment I live in. After 39 years of living in Katherine in the Northern Territory I am now adjusting my eyes to seasonal variations and a whole new colour palette around Wangaratta in North East Victoria. I have also involved myself in the textile opportunities available in Wangaratta and am currently the President of Wangaratta Textile Arts Association which organises the Stitched Up textile Festival every second year.
I am also involved in the Peechelba Machine Embroidery group and the North Eastern branch of Embroiderers Guild Victoria. For three years I was the Secretary of Ozquilt Network.
I have learnt so much from workshops that I recommend to beginning textile artists to make the most of the workshop opportunities that come your way. Every workshop gives you ideas and inspiration to develop your own voice.