Saffron Craig graduated with a First Class Honours Degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and went on to start her own textile design company.
For the past 15 years Saffron has worked out of her studio, painting, designing fabric and running workshops. Her paintings are inspired by her natural surroundings. She grew up in a small coastal town in NSW and now lives by the shoreline on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Saffron works by layering colour and creating texture with subtle shapes peeking through.
Julie Haddrick is an exciting name on the Australian art textiles scene and she enjoys great successes with her quilt making. She is a multi-award winner, including a first in the innovative category of The World Quilt Competition, in the USA. Julie is best known for her panoramic, multiple view landscape quilts, as well as botanical studies of animals and birds. Julie has a passion for all things Japanese and her travels to Japan have resulted in an oriental influence in her work.
Her background as an art teacher results in many art techniques being incorporated into her quilting; hand colouring, dyeing, printing and embellishing are used to create original cloth.
Luke Haynes works in quilts to explore the overlap of utility and aesthetic. Subverting the traditional quilting form by integrating modern concepts, his art transforms the comfortably familiar into the visually evocative. Luke Haynes was born and raised across the American South. With formal training in art and architecture at The Cooper Union, New York, Haynes continues to experiment with quilting art while exploring art and architecture across the globe.
A chance encounter with a box of fabric remnants sparked Luke’s imagination. His first quilt, measuring 7′ x 10′, led him through years of experimentation and improvements. Luke Haynes works are found in many collections including the New York Folk Art Museum and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Andi loves everything about quilts and the community that surrounds quilting: pioneering innovative design techniques, making quilts by machine and by hand, and (of course!) admiring the gorgeous end product.
In 2013, Andi became interested in pixel quilting, and with her husband and a third partner she created www.youpatch.com, a website that turns the pixel quilt design process into a user-friendly, fun experience and does all the quilt math for you. Since then, Andi has been experimenting with other technology-assisted approaches including mosaic quilting and using text in quilts.
Emma Jean Jansen has been in the patchwork and quilting industry for more than 13 years. She studied Textile Design at RMIT and is currently designing fabric for the Australian company Ella Blue, available from Charles Parsons.
Emma has been designing her own quilts and is known for her use of bright colours and her re-take on traditional piecing. She has also just released her first book, By the Bundle with Lucky Spool Media.
Gloria lives at Drysdale, on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula. She is a trained secondary teacher having worked mainly in the areas of literacy and special education. Over the years she has dabbled in many areas of patchwork. After completing some studies in art, she began to make her large vivid landscape quilts depicting the Australian bush. These quilts have won many major awards, both in Australia and overseas. Her quilt ‘Kimberley Mystique’ was the winner of Australia’s national quilting award in 2003. Her more recent work has been based on architecture.
Gloria has written three books, with a new book based on buildings, to be released soon.
In 2009, her commitment to teaching was acknowledged when she received the Rajah Award.
Michelle Marvig has worked in the Australian patchwork industry for the last 24 years, with hundreds of patterns published, two fabric lines, three books and eight instructional dvds produced. She makes machine pieced quilts with a traditional bent, but loves to change the designs through colour and fabric choice. She also loves to teach her students the possibilities within a quilt design. Michelle has entered quilts which have won ribbons in the Sydney Quilt Show over the last seven years. Michelle is also an accomplished traveller, and hosts patchwork tours to fabulous destinations several times a year.
Alicia’s passions are colour, line and texture. She creates award-winning textile pieces by cutting, stitching, collaging, and bonding hand-dyed fabrics; quilting to add texture; text is often included too. Alicia’s inspiration is varied: music, Shakespeare, word play, magic and science – but lately she has been fascinated by maps, which she believes to be an ancient and important part of mankind’s need to understand the world. Sometimes her maps are imaginary, other times they are loosely based on real maps or aerial views.
Alicia exhibits internationally, she teaches, writes on quilting, and works to commission. Her work is in public and private collections.
Velda Newman is an internationally recognised contemporary quilt artist, author and lecturer from Northern California. Known for her large scale, mostly organic designs, Velda creates original quilts of exceptional beauty and craftsmanship. For the past 18 years Velda’s work has appeared in many national and international exhibitions and has been featured in over 30 publications, including Quilter’s Newsletter and Threads magazine. She lives in Northern California, is the mother of four and the grandmother of eleven.
Six years is a short time in the quilting world but Wendy has achieved significant milestones in that short time. Several of her quilts have won awards locally and at state level. In addition to this, in the last two years Wendy has also received special awards for two contemporary art quilts at the Sydney Quilt Show.
Wendy recently obtained her Teacher Accreditation with QuiltNSW and currently conducts workshops in a variety of quilting disciplines.
Known for her different styles, Wendy has embraced modern and contemporary designing and construction techniques to enhance her quilting skills.
Sonya is an art quilter who gains her inspiration from gorgeous scenery and animals in NZ and overseas. She enjoys capturing this beauty in her works with whole cloth painting and extensive thread work.
Sonya loves sharing her knowledge and inspiring others. Her enthusiasm and fun loving nature encourages her students to build their confidence and excel in their newly acquired skills. Sonya has taught throughout New Zealand and in Thailand. She has exhibited in numerous shows in New Zealand and won Viewer’s Choice in the Paws and Whiskers Challenge AQC 2016, and has won many other awards. Her work regularly features in the New Zealand Quilter magazine.
Melissa grew up loving all forms of artistic expression. From an early age, Melissa immersed herself in the study of music, dance, theatre and painting. She received a degree in Fine Arts and enjoyed a successful career as a Graphic Designer before retiring to raise her family.
In 2007, Melissa created her first art quilt. Since then she has won numerous awards including Best of Show at Houston Quilt Festival and Road to California. Recent works have an astonishingly realistic quality.
A busy mum of four children, Paula Storm has a passion for inspiring and teaching quilters. Paula’s unique style sees her making quilts in new and different ways while still appreciating traditional quilting techniques and designs. She has been teaching all over Australia and publishing her patterns for close to six years. She published her first book Sew A Little Fabric in 2014.
Paula says, “In Australia, quilters have an amazing opportunity to break away and create our own look and style. We have so little quilt making history of our own which I see as a huge benefit! We have no traditions to adhere to. We can break the ‘rules’ and show the world how unique we are.”
In 2015 Paula became the National Ambassador for Husqvarna Viking sewing machines and has made a number of tutorials using the Sweet Sixteen long arm machine.
As a textile artist I love to explore and develop new and exciting ways to work with cloth. I have been stitching for most of my life and teaching for nearly 30 years. The combination of appliqué, embroidery and free motion machine stitching can produce amazing results and I love to teach innovative techniques I have experimented with to inspire and encourage students to explore new ways of working and create with an an open mind.
Marg has taught and practiced quiltmaking for more than 40 years. Influences include 18th century American and French designs, and time spent in China and Fiji.
Marg explains: “Being immersed in the quilting world for what is probably ‘a lifetime’ has been joyous and fulfilling … and never has there been a more exciting time to be involved. New ideas and new technologies have expanded in ways that can be both daunting and exhilarating. It is my entire focus as a teacher to help students find their own voice in this maelstrom of information and to give them the freedom to push boundaries and explore options allowing them to develop their own style and a deep passion for what can be an enduring pastime or a rewarding career. My own passion has led me to teach throughout Australia, in Europe and the UK, which in turn energises and excites me. Publishing my book Take an Element for Quiltmania in 2016 gave me an opportunity to reflect and consolidate all that I love about quilts and quilt making.