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Nestled in 5 acres of gardens and natural bushland in the leafy, rural community of Red Hill ...

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Meet the Artist

Hi, I'm Tina Whiteley and Kurrara Designs Studio is where I create and teach textile art ...

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Meet the Artist:

Hi, I'm Tina Whiteley and Kurrara Designs Studio is where I create and teach textile art.

Sewing and crafting has been a passion of mine for over 30 years. All areas of textile art interest me, but I now specialise in free-machine embroidery, mixed media surface design, Procion MX dyeing and natural plant dyeing. I make useable, wearable and decorative art for myself, my home and for my friends and clients.

Having emigrated from the UK and settled in Australia in January 2000, I am fascinated by the Australian landscape and I derive much of my inspiration from my home in Red Hill, Victoria and the surrounding bushland area of the Mornington Peninsula.

I love to create fluid, organic designs which form individual motifs, or repeated patterns in my work and I often dye my own ground fabrics and embellish them with my hand-dyed threads to give them a completely exclusive and distinctive quality. I mostly create individual work, but sometimes, if producing a series of pieces, each one will have a differing element that makes it unique within that series. My dyeing and mark-making practices are constantly evolving and I never get bored or tire of experimenting to achieve new finishes and textures.

At the moment, I am loving using my new Brother Scan N Cut machine and software, as well as my die cutting machine and dies to trial and develop new fabric and paper cutting projects for Spring 2015.

I have been very fortunate in that I was able to retire early from my former career in corporate recruitment a few years ago and start to make the craft that I love my new career. I studied textile art and design for a year at Box Hill TAFE and participated in numerous workshops and retreats in a variety of textile disciplines between then and now. As a textile tutor, I am Certificate IV qualified in training and assessment and even though I now teach, I am still always learning too, from fellow-artists, my students and through my travels and research. I think creative people always want to explore new things and never stop learning, which keeps minds ever active and productive! I am currently studying digitised machine embroidery and enjoy digitising designs, combining them with free machine raw edge appliqué.

I am a member of the Peninsula Arts Society, Frankston, where I have conducted weekend textile workshops and, from time to time, give demonstrations on various aspects of free machine embroidery and surface design to the Friday textile arts group. I have served on the PAS committee as Advertising and PR Officer and assist with promotion and set up of their annual art and textile exhibitions.

My work has been exhibited at a variety of locations across the Mornington Peninsula, including the Peninsula Arts Society Spring Art Exhibitions, the Frankston Waterfront Festival Arts and Crafts Exhibitions and Art Red Hill. I have also exhibited at Walker Street Gallery's annual 9 x 5 Exhibition in Dandenong.

I have undertaken wearable art commissions for clients in Australia, the UK and Canada and stockists of my botanical (naturally) dyed silk scarves have included:

  • Designer fashion house Zeega, in Flinders
  • Frankston Visitor Centre
  • Brialyn Boathouse Gallery, Frankston
  • The Garden Shop at Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne.

I now conduct one and two-day textile workshops for small groups at my home studio in Red Hill, details of which can be found on the Workshops page.

In 2014 I gave a presentation and demonstration on natural dyeing with Australian native plants at Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne and was subsequently asked to conduct another natural dyeing presentation, which took place in August 2015.

I am very happy to offer tailored workshops, presentations and demonstrations to local craft and sewing groups. Please contact me for more details if you would like me to come and talk to your group.

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