Tapestry Weaving

"Tapestry weaving is a unique art form. On the loom its a process in time with repetition and variation like music. A good musical composition stays in our ear for a while after it ends. A tapestry however, will hang on a wall like a painted composition." Silvie Heyden.

My handwoven tapestries explore the essence of colour, textures and fibres. My designs of the weavings develops as my work on the loom progresses exploring the use of colour and shape. Weaving is a very mediative process and it takes a lot of time to produce a tapestry. The majority of the wools that I weave have been hand dyed to enable to create the acquired colour desired. Dyeing the wool I weave with is an integral part of my weaving process.

My pieces are hand-made in the Southern Highlands in my Robertson studio using 100% wools and dyes.

I'm also exploring the use of macramé and weaving techniques to marry the art of fibres.

Please bring your own lunch, alternatively there are cafes nearby.

Tutor: Natalie Miller

Natalie Miller is an internationally recognised textile artist and known for her brightly coloured woven artworks.   Natalie is a registered architect and textile artist living in the beautiful Southern Highlands in Australia, an environment of constant inspiration. Natalie has been practicing as an architect/interior designer for the last 30 years and has worked extensively with interiors particularly with textiles, carpet and fabric design throughout her career. She has had a lifetime of design and creating. When she relocated from Sydney to the highlands 8 years ago, Natalie studied tapestry weaving at Sturt Art and Craft centre for a year and since then has studied tapestry each year at Kawashima textile school in Japan. Natalie had been working with macramé for 14 years, and now incorporates both disciplines into her artworks. She has been involved with numerous art/craft exhibitions and publications. Natalie has a studio at her Kangaloon property and now primarily focuses on hand dyeing and tapestry weaving.   Natalie focuses on the importance of the act of making.  She has a very big drive to make and believes to make something every day is important to her. She loves to explore the different techniques of textiles, especially in weaving and macramé. Natalie also does most of her work with her hands and feels like tools should never dominate. Textile art has an enormous relationship with interior architecture. Natalie tries to explore textiles and how they can transform into an architectural space and complement one another.   Natalie is extraordinarily passionate about colour and her life has revolved around colour. Natalie explores and experiments with the palette when hand dyeing her wool and creating her brightly coloured artworks. She believes all colours work together and is certainly not afraid to experiment. Natalie hand dyes all her wool and fabric from Australian grown and milled wool in natural dyes and Australian wool dyes.   Natalie has made the biggest macramé chandelier in the world (two of them) in Pacific Place on Hong Kong Island for Chinese New Year. Natalie loves to work with other designers and architects for commercial installations in weaving and macramé for commercial and hospitality projects around our globe. She has been involved with collaborations with other artists for art installations and fashion labels including ‘romance was born’ and the Woolmark company. Natalie has also worked on the DreamWorks set for the movie 'Trolls 2' released in 2020 and interior collaborations with Anthropologie for Spring 2019. Her book 'Woven Color' which is filled with inspiration and 50 projects to make in Natural dyeing, weaving and macramé is released by the US publisher Welden Owen and released in mid 2019.   Natalie has also extensively travelled throughout her lifetime through Asia and Europe and has taken an interest in art, architecture, textiles, and design. Her travels heavily influence her work and design. She takes interest into the way different cultures around the world dye, weave and create textiles.   Natalie has been teaching weaving and macramé for the last 6 years around Australia, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Bali, and Thailand. She is part of leading textile and design adventures and creative retreats currently in Japan, Vietnam, India, and Bali. To unite crafters around the world and bring back the beauty of handmade.