Ardleigh Cleveland Creative
"I am a passionate advocate of valuing creativity as a means to bettering community. The abundance and diversity of established and emerging artists and designers in Australia and particularly the Sunshine Coast region uplifts, inspires and strengthens my belief that the creative industries are a vital ingredient for a healthy society and buoyant economy." Ardleigh is a self-taught textile artist, painting and hand printing onto dyed silk. Her first design ‘Leaf Prints’ still plays a role in her work. The geometric shapes of her abstract designs are influenced by the symbolism and markings that link primitive tribal art. This distinctive patterning, combined with applying luminous tones of rust, ochre, olive, reds and gold, often on a black background, distinguishes Ardleigh’s work from other textile artists.