As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, Denise Lithgow, an Australian textile designer, shares a studio in Sydney with painter, Peter Griffen. I met them both when they came to the school in Olhao to give a workshop. http://www.artinthealgarve.com
Denise holding one of her quite remarkable felt vessels….
Denise Lithgow’s Artist Statement.
‘The creative pathway is a search for meaning and insight into ourselves. The instructive drive to create is embedded in us from our past and brings joy and beauty into our every day lives’.
By using free machine embroidery, which is then built up with layers of coloured fabrics, some of which have been hand dyed, Denise creates beautiful two dimensional textile, abstract landscapes.
She also creates the most remarkable sculptural felt vessels employing simplistic lines. When Denise described how these vessels were made from felt, I was quite amazed.
Denise with a selection of her vessels….
Once introduced to felt, Denise became captivated by its tactile qualities, rich colours and the magic messing of fibres which can then be manipulated into forms and shapes to create vessels and exotic wearable art.
Two felt vessels
In the late 80’s while working full time, nursing in the operating theatres, at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, she studied fashion design at Sydney and TAFE colleges. She then created ‘Denise Lithgow Designs’, designing wedding garments and accessories, and co-ordinating and designing personalised wardrobes for clients.
All of which lead to the art she is making today.
Denise conducts workshops and sells her work in galleries throughout Australia….I suggest looking at her website, where you can read more about this interesting artist. http://www.deniselithgow.com
No wonder I returned from Olhao feeling inspired……
By the way, Denise is also an excellent cook:)