I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s, during the revival of arts and crafts in the bushy outskirts of Melbourne. Although not a sewer as such, I had been exposed to many different crafts, encouraged by my Mum who had an ‘artistic eye’ for everything.
I went into Primary teaching because I could not decide which of my passions to follow art, music or physical education?
Fast forward to now, I live in Northern Victoria on a fifth generation farm, surrounded by sheep and Riverina plains. I started quilting about 20 years ago when my children were babies. Our local learning centre was offering hand piecing classes. I can’t remember why I decided to take it up, except perhaps to try something new and get out of the house.
After about 10 years of making and giving away quilts, I was starting to feel unsatisfied just going from project to project. My husband said “you should design your own quilts” – famous last words! It was then I found the connection between art and quilting, and begun making pictorial quilts. I especially enjoyed depicting people interacting with their environment.
My pieces are often emotive and originate from a primary source as much as possible. I find inspiration all around me, even in the mundane things. The local flora and fauna is beginning to appear in my work, and I am only beginning to appreciate what is there. Drawing and painting is also becoming a mainstay of my practice, which helps to inform my sense of colour and composition.
Of great import is to achieve a balance between family, work, community and nurturing my passion for art (I don’t always get it right). I have recently retired from teaching to work full time on this passion. I am hoping to build a studio in the future, as at the moment the whole house tends to become cluttered with quilting and art stuff!
I use many techniques to make my quilts, but raw edge fabric collage is the one I rely on most. I find it very liberating. No seam allowances to turn under and you can work over it anyway you like: layer, stitch, paint. I also incorporate a lot of my own surface designed fabrics in my pieces, such as lino and screen printing, thickened dye painting, discharging, resist etc. I use both hand and machine stitching, together and seperately depending on what the piece needs. I like to use the machine like a pencil to draw.
As an emerging art quilter I have pieces in exhibitions around the country and overseas. My work is appearing in private and public collections and various media. I had my first solo exhibition in Oct/Nov in 2017. I am a member of Studio Art Quilt Association (SAQA) and Ozquilts.
I am available to conduct workshops and will consider commissions.
awesome loved your very first art work, i admire the work you have done and would like to hear what you wanted people feel when they saw your piece ” The lifegiver” and what inspired you to do this piece of work. A young fan
Hello old friend just came across your website. Looks fatastic somuch talent
Hello Russell! Lovely to hear from you. Do you still live in the Kyabram area?
Yes still on the farm We should catch up
Love your quilts.
I have been thinking a lot about your talk yesterday and also about upcoming workshops. I think I could really learn some new techniques from you. Do you have any workshops coming up, I know I would have to travel but seem to do lots of that, anyway. My email is email@example.com.
Please let me know if and when and where you have exhibitions
Thank you for your interest. I usually exhibit in Vic Quilters events and other competitions. I am working towards a solo exhibition in 2015, probably in Melbourne. Information will be on this website. Linden.
Thankyou so much for a wonderful weekend and workshop at Cohuna this weekend. So much information and i learnt so much. Thankyou again
Hi Lynden, I have seen a number of your quilts in various places in recent years without realising you lived so close to where I grew up [Kyabram]. I particularly like the flower quilt which you and the family are standing in front of here. When in Ky this weekend I visited the display of your work and was blown away by the detail in your quilts. Very inspiring. I am planning to use you and the photos that I took at the exhibition as the focus for my year 9 Fabric Art class this week. I would love to do a workshop with you in the future.