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Denise Lithgow

In my textile practice I have a strong sense of colour and design and react to what feels right in my work.

My machine embroidery involves two dimensional pictures and wall hangings, quite often in abstract form with representational imagery. My felt works include vessels and paintings.

Felt is a non- woven cloth that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing woollen fibres. I use felt as it’s an ecological, sustainable textile. Growing up on a merino property in South Australia helped create my love of working with wool.

Vessels are a very early utilitarian art form. I regard my vessels as a pure art because they lack any utilitarian function. I create them because I enjoy them visually and at the same time know that they are part of a long history of development.

I exhibit my work regularly in group exhibitions, art prizes and international exhibitions. I’ve recently had a two person exhibition at the Grenfell Regional Gallery and am represented in galleries in NSW and SA.I have a solo exhibition in Muswellbrook Regional Gallery in 2014.I was accepted as the Australian representative for the “World of Threads Festival” in Canada 2012 and a finalist in the Broken Hill Outback Art Prize 2012 and 2013.

Through these exhibitions I have received commissions for my work and am collected in international collections and have won prizes including at the Sydney Arts and Crafts exhibition and the Brisbane Art-U-Wear awards.

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Fantastic Felt Forms & Jewellery with Denise Lithgow