Dream Weaver
  • Friday 18 September 2009

Internationally acclaimed textile artist Liz Williamson is honoured as a ‘Living Treasure’ in an exhibition at Noosa Regional Gallery opening at 6pm on Friday 2 October.

The work and practice of the internationally esteemed textile designer is celebrated in the exhibition Liz Williamson: Textiles, an Object Gallery Touring Exhibition and part of the Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series.

The exhibition will be opened by Professor Ian Howard, Dean College of Fine Arts University of New South Wales, and is supported by Visions of Australia.

The Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series has been central to Object’s exhibition program for the last four years. Aiming at celebrating Australia’s most outstanding and influential senior crafts practitioners, the series is widely regarded as one of the most important undertakings in the Australian craft sector.

Liz Williamson is the fourth practitioner to be honoured as a Living Treasure and Liz Williamson: Textiles provides insight into the practitioner’s remarkable practice, which has been developed consistently over a lifetime of making and research.

A significant full-colour monograph is also available, co-published by Object and Craftsman House.

Featuring a majority of new work including scarves, wraps and Jacquard woven works, the exhibition extends on Williamson’s ongoing research into the uses and qualities of cloth, both as wearable items and objects in their own right.

Born in country Victoria, Liz Williamson first began learning about textiles from her mother and built on these early foundations in textile practice through travelling to Asia and Europe, and formal study in the medium during the 1970s.

Since establishing her Sydney studio in 1985, Williamson has produced furnishing fabrics, hand woven pieces and textiles for exhibition, now working in both traditional and Jacquard weaves.

Her recent work has explored the construction and use of cloth, and the memory and experiences recorded on the surface of cloth, through such processes as darning and repair.

Throughout her extensive career, Williamson has contributed greatly to cultural and education developments in Australia. Her signature weaving techniques remain at the forefront of textile innovation and Williamson has taught in numerous workshops, lectures and education programs, both in Australia and overseas.

She is currently a senior lecturer in textiles, and Head of the School of Design Studies, at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales.

The exhibition provides an opportunity for people to experience and appreciate Williamson’s outstanding skill in the field of textiles, and extraordinary contribution to Australian culture and innovation. The exhibition continues until 1 November.

Art over Coffee–11am Saturday 3 October. In conversation with Liz Williamson—come along and discuss textiles over coffee and cake with Liz Williamson. Cost $12. Places are limited so please book by phoning the Gallery on 5449 5340.

The Noosa Regional Gallery is located in Pelican Street Tewantin and is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am–4pm.

**Images of Liz Williamson's work available on request