Thinking Through Making - Sharon Peoples
Sharon Peoples has worked as an artist in Canberra for over 20 years. In the last fifteen years she has been constructing machine embroidered textiles using soluble fabric to make lace-like structures. These structures are the vehicle for the narratives of life’s complexities.
Sharon exhibits nationally and internationally as well as taking on commissioned work. She has had 10 solo exhibitions since 2010, the most recent was Messenger From the Garden (Timeless Textiles, Newcastle). She has also participated in over 20 group exhibitions – the highlights being Surface and Depth (at the Palazzo Velli Expo Rome 2021) and Stitched Art is Art with SEW (Society for Embroidered Work) at the Clerkenwell Gallery, London (2019); as well as the Art Textiles Biennale (2021) at East Gippsland Art Gallery.
Sharon’s work has been collected by national (National Gallery of Australia, National Museum of Australia and Parliament House Collection) and state institutions. In 2020 and again in 2021 Sharon was featured as one of the top 100 international contemporary textile artists by the art textiles social media expert The TextileCurator.
As well as sharing her extraordinary work, at Convergence Sharon will be discussing strategies for thinking creatively that can be applied to every felt maker’s work.
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Image: photo provided by Sharon Peoples
Designing With Nature – Julie Ryder
Julie Ryder is a Canberra-based textile designer who has gained international recognition for her work. Her hybrid practice combines her knowledge of science with her love of textiles, including use of natural materials for dyes, printing and inspiration. She uses nature as both muse and co-collaborator.
Julie has taught in tertiary institutions, community organizations and workshops for nearly 30 years and has been the recipient of many awards, grants, commissions and residencies. Her work is included in the collections of the NGA, NGV, NMA, MAAS, AGSA, BRAG, CSIRO, ANBG, Tamworth Regional Gallery, Megalo Archives, RMIT Archives.
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Images: Aranda (left), Scarf (right). Photos provided by Julie Ryder.