Liz trained in the early 1970’s
as a Textile and Design teacher, she taught in NSW high schools
before retiring in 1980 to pursue her craft full-time and to raise
their family. Initially textile arts took centre stage, with the
focus on creative machine embroidery. Producing a series of wall
hangings and a range of machine embroidered silk clothing.
In 1993 she decorated a series of painted timber platters turned
by Neil. These were to be a “one off”, for a special
exhibition, but this wasn’t to be. In the years that followed
Neil and Liz worked on many collaborative pieces for special exhibitions
and produced a range of painted platters, bowls and screens, which
sold in galleries throughout Australia and then in the USA. The
woodworking business gradually monopolized more and more of her
time, leaving less time for textiles.
One of the Highlights of this time was the three visits to Ayers
Rock Resort (1990 to 1995), as artists in resident with husband
Neil. Accompanied by children Paul and Anna these visits, where
not only an enjoyable family time, but were also very enlightening
In recent times Liz has been able to enjoy a combination of both
the woodworking and textiles. She has been able to return more to
textiles. She still works on collaborative pieces with Neil, including
some incorporation of fibre with timber in their floor screens.
She is looking forward to maintaining this happy combination of
the two mediums.
Liz has taught workshops in many aspects of the fibre arts. At
present she teaches predominantly creative machine embroidery
to both adults and high school textile and design students. She
also conducts workshops in painted and decorated finishes for both
textile artists and woodworkers.