I am a sculptor and fibre artist exploring the intersection of craft, art and design. I harvest plant materials from the surrounding bush, coastal gardens and beaches and salvage rusted and decaying farm detritus and weave, felt or weld them into assembled objects of textural beauty and significance for modern spaces. The layers and contrasts in the materials I use explore my longing for the land and the passing of time.
Inspiration comes from the delicate tonal colour changes in the Australian landscape and the form and patina of the materials available in the season or place. The practices of weaving and felting are meditative, drawing from the timelessness of ancient knowledge and women making remarkable functional objects without tools. Basketry is ancient and has never been machinated, therefore it eschews manufacturing and consumerism.
I experiment with welding steel free standing 3D and 2D wall sculpture and designing and making pendant lights for public and private commission.
I also often teach immersive weaving workshops where people learn the spectrum of contemporary basketry techniques which have been passed onto me by well-known basketmakers and accomplished indigenous weavers and also which plants from our surroundings are suitable to collect and use in fibre work and dyeing.
I live on a farm near the small village of Robertson on the coastal escarpment of central NSW, Australia with my food-growing farmer husband Mat Campbell, our son Banjo, 8 and daughter Clementine, 5. In 2005 Mat and I co-founded Warp & Weft a small ethical business importing organically dyed, hand spun textiles from Peru, Ecuador and Argentina which we operate from market stalls and music festivals.
I have recently renovated and moved into Green Bridge Studios at 430 Argyle Street, Moss Vale with two other creatives; macrame and tapestry weaver, Natalie Miller Design & Rabbit Trap Timber reclaimed hardwood timber furniture makers. The studio shopfront is open to the public by appointment and we have a rotating calendar of workshops on site.
Click on the link to see pictures of the milking shed I originally used as a studio from 2008 – 2013 .
Here is a film made in 2013 for Australian Country Style Magazine.
P: PO Box 3390 Robertson, NSW 2577