Liz Williamson has been weaving since the late 1970’s and is still fascinated with the potential of interlacing two sets of threads at her loom. Her weaving practice is diverse: designing for industry, exhibition artwork, weaving wraps and scarves, undertaking commissions and teaching weaving workshops nationally and internationally.
At the heart of her weaving is an interest in innovative and unusual designs, some created by collaborating with colleagues. Recent weavings reference the tradition of woven rag rugs, repair of cloth and the idea of 'making do', with many woven with materials coloured by locally sourced eucalyptus and plant dyes.
A regular visitor to India since 2001, Liz has engaged with artisan groups as an advisor, commissioning her ‘Woven in Asia’ range and introducing artisan handmade textiles to designers with her ‘Cultural Textiles’ courses and tours. She was awarded the Object Galleries prestigious ‘Living Treasure’ award in 2008 for her contribution to the craft / design sector. Her work is represented in most major public collections in Australia including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Powerhouse Museum. Williamson has been involved in education for 30 years and is currently an Honorary Associate Professor, UNSW, Sydney.
Maryborough, Victoria, Australia
Lives & Works
Stanmore, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Acknowledgements & Funders
With thanks to all the artists who collaborated on the Weaving Eucalyptus Project in countries touched by the Indian Ocean and those who assisted with these contacts. Countries involved are Australia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Madagascar, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Thailand.
Fremantle Arts Centre
FAC is a multi-arts organisation based in a historic building complex in Fremantle, Western Australia.
1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle