|Trudy Billingsley |
Memories and sketches from numerous journeys and family holidays have served as an endless source of design ideas for my creative wearable art, wall quilts and fashion accessories.
|My love of the Australian landscape's brilliant colours and the character of its people have been strong influences on my working style. |
The environment and our people form an important part of my painterly impressions of our magnificent land. I enjoy using found and collected objects, memorabilia, documents, stamps, buttons, beads, uniforms, sketches, and overlay and cutback work to embellish the surface texture of my work.
|My methods of working have been self-developed and have been simplified to facilitate group participation in both large and small projects. By using a wide variety of fabrics and found fragments, silks, cottons, chintz, wools, and threads, I manipulate and mould my materials to create the textural effect I need to embellish a garment or fibre wall piece. |
I have conducted numerous workshops for organisations and private groups all over Australia and in Japan, Germany and New Zealand. Topics include Designing from Nature, Wearable Art, and Surface Collage.
|I have worked on commissions for both public and private collections and have exhibited my wearable art in both solo and group exhibitions in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Germany and Spain. My work has recently been featured in 'Art to Wear' in Sydney, was selected for a special display at the 1998 World Quilt Show in Tokyo, and was selected for the 1999 Fairfield Fashion Show in America.|| |
As well as my creative garments I design and personally make fashion accessories such as scarves and evening bags, with either shoulder or hand-held straps. Each item has its own colour theme and no two items are ever the same.
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