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Belinda Ann Cornish

Born in New Zealand, I have lived in Western Australia since the late 1980s. As a mature aged student I studied at the West Australian School of Art and Design (TAFE) achieving an Associate Diploma of Arts Management, Operations, Theory and Practice. I worked as Exhibition and Program Coordinator at Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts from 1991 to 1995 then as General Manager of the Holmes à Court Collection for 9 years. Moving to live in Broome, far north Western Australia, I owned and operated a private art gallery for several years. Moving back to Perth in 2016 I revived my love of creating innovative designs using diverse textiles and accessories, almost exclusively focusing on natural fibres such as cotton and silks. I draw inspiration from ‘old’ and antique fabrics that can be up-cycled such as deconstructed Japanese kimonos and other garments. In my fossicking I discovered the most amazing antique linen cloths that I have found lend themselves naturally to reforming as gorgeous pouches that I have hand-sewn Japanese silk liners to fit. Just some of my makings are for babies and children such as ergonomically designed Baby Burp Cloths, combo Play Mat/Cuddly Wraps and Play/craft Aprons ; Jazzy Dog Bandana’s that slip over their collars, to functional items such as Natural Muslin Personal Wash Cloths, Fresh Produce Storage Bags and up-cycled pillowcases into trendy market bags. I believe we all interpret beauty, fun and function very individually and this is a gift, as we are able to explore our own creative energies, producing designs that can surprise and delight.

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