Maybrook Designs

I have been exploring textiles for many years enjoying these various creative activities from a young age.  My interest turned to felting – using natural fibres which are manipulated to make laminating layers of fabric.  I have been a feltmaker for 15 years, living in the South West of Western Australia on a property producing wool.   While in my studio my creative juices come alive in contemporary designs using fibres of merino wool tops, wool yarn, silks, fabric inclusions, hand dyed silks, anything to create a surface design.. I love the feel and touch of the wool when working with 2D or 3D pieces. When the pieces are completed there is an element of surprise from its original design as it shrinks between 30-70%.  I continue to learn/explore/experiment different techniques in the art of feltmaking.

 

Exhibitions/Awards

  • Common Threads Wearable Art – Mandurah. Finalist for 2013, 2014, 2015,2016
    Winner of the Avant-Garde section for 2015 for “Creative Corrugations”
  • Alice Springs Beanie Festival Winner 2016 Heart Felt Prize
  • Alice Springs Beanie Festival Winner 2015 “Extreme Conditions.
  • Art & Craft Fair 2015 – Claremont – Exhibition/demonstrating my work.
  • South West Survey – Bunbury Regional Art Gallery 2013.
  • Alice Springs Beanie Festival 2011,2012, 2014
  • Dardanup Art Spectacular 2012
  • Mundaring Art Exhibition 2008, 2012
  • South West Fashion 2011, 2012
  • In a New Light – Bunbury 2012
  • Works Exhibited at Lyndendale Gallery – Dardanup – WA 2012-2016.
  • Folios & Fibre – Stratham – WA 2012
  • Convenor 11th Southern Hemisphere Felting Convergence 2011
  • Garden Party Art & Music Fiesta – Celebrity Bra Art Exhibition – April 2011
  • Finalist in the World of Wearable Art in Wellington – New Zealand 2010
  • Take a Seat Exhibition – Bunbury – 2010
  • Wagin Wool Designer of the Year 2008
  • Wearable Art Exhibition – Bunbury 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012.
  • Fire & Fibre Exhibition  – Bunbury 2001, 2003, 2005
  • Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School – Tapestry Weaving 2003 – 2005
  • Artopia – City of Melville, 2005, 2007
  • Art Angel at the Redmill, Bunbury – 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009,2010, 2011

 

Courses Attended:

  • Fiona Duthie – Feltmaker Canada – Online Felt Courses 2015
  • Fiona Duthie – Felmaker Canada – Surface Design 2015
  • Pam de Groot – Feltmaker – Sculpture and Garment Design 2015
  • Fibres West WA – 2015
  • Prof Julian Roberts(London) – Subtraction Cutting- Melbourne 2014
  • Pam Hovell – Feltmaker/Eco dying 2014
  • Jane Flower – Handmade Books and Eco Dying 2013/14.
  • Kerr Grabowski – Deconstruction Screen Printing 2013
  • Marjolein Dallinga – Feltmaker – Canada 2012
  • Anita Larkin – Feltmaker/Sculpture Artist Australia 2011
  • 11th Southern Hemisphere Felting Convergence 2010
  • Catherine O’Leary – Victorian Feltmaker –Perth 2009
  • 10th Southern Hemisphere Felting Convergence -NZ 2009
  • Judic Pocs – Hungarian Feltmaker – Bunbury 2008
  • Jan Irvine-Nealie – Embellishment Hand Stitching and Airbrushing 2008
  • Trudi Pollard – Indigo Dyeing Workshop – Bunbury 2007
  • Fiona Wright – Feltmaker in Sumptuous Surface – Perth 2007
  • Alexander Pilin – Russian Feltmaker – Perth 2005
  • Trudi Pollard – Natural Dying – Bunbury 2005
  • 8th Southern Hemisphere Felting Convergence – Canberra, 2005
  • Art & Fundamentals Design TAFE 1998, 1999
  • Rachael Meek – Feltmaker – Bunbury 1999
  • Machine Embroidery Techniques at various centres 1998 – 2009.
    • Elizabeth Morely, Dale Rollerson, Annie Rawlie, Carol Wilkes, Carole Redlich
  • Silver Jewellery, leadlighting since 1980

Member of:

WAFTA (WA Fibre & Textile Association Inc.)
Victorian Feltmakers Inc.
FeltWEST Inc.
TAFTA – The Australian  Forum for Textile Australia
Filtztfun – Denmark
Bunbury Felting group 2000- 2014 member and teaching for 7 years.

 

Publications:

Felt Magazine 2015
TAFTA – 2015
Textile Fibre Forum, Issue 1, No. 77  2005 – Tapestry Weaving ……..page  26.
Atelier News – Malaysia – July-September 2004 Issue no. 8 – page 2, 3
FeltWEST Magazine – Feltmakers of Western Australia Volume 4 2007 Front Cover
Wagin Woolorama – Countryman – March 2008

 

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