Colleen Weste
Textile Artist/Teacher

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  Colleen's Story . . .  so far

Colleen is the author of Silk Painting; step-by-step techniques and ideas for colour and design. She has a Grad. Dip. Text Design and specialises in silk painting and Shibori. Colleen creates individual hand painted garments and accessories. She opened The Gallery, Mt Macedon in 2006, a Macedon Ranges Arts Collective of over 20 local artists in mixed media. 
  • Graduate Diploma Textile Design RMIT

  • BA (textiles) studies USA 1979-82

  • Teacher Training Adelaide S.A.

    Studies

    • Shibori Master Classes Japanese masters Yoshiko Wada, Hiroyuki Shindo, Ana Lisa Hedstrom

    • Study Tour Japan 2006

    • Study Tour France 2008

 

 

Professional Practice
 

  • The Gallery Mt Macedon arts collective 2006-2014

  • Owner Silk & Threads retail shop/silk studio 1987-2012

  • Lecturer & Tutor TAFE Colleges/Community Education Victoria 1987-2012

  • Consultant tutor Swinburne Costume & Design 1997-2010

  • Part time lecturer Monash University & RMIT (textiles)

  • Guest Speaker &Tutor National Gallery Melbourne, VHETTA Vic

  • Workshop Tour New Zealand 1999,2005

  • Tutor Grafton Artsfest 2000-2010/Alice Springs 2009

  • Artist-in-residence Mulgara Gallery Yulara 2009

  • Artist-in-residence Caulfield Grammar, Methodist Ladies College

  • Tutor TAFTA Forum Canberra, Hallís Gap Vic.

  • Secondary Teacher textiles 1975-86

  • Founding member Botanic Gardens Plant Craft Cottage Dye Group

  • Curator: First Australia Fibre Conference, Victoria

  • Curator; World Shibori Exhibition Melbourne

  • Tutor; Grampians Texture

 

Publications

  • Embellish Magazine 2013; Travels through the Landscape - Shibori & Beyond

  • Author; Silk Painting; techniques and ideas for colour & design

  • Thesis; Women in the Development of the Textile Arts in Australia

  • Articles; First Australian Fibre Conference 1982/Fibre Forum Magazines

Exhibitions

  • Macedon Ranges Wearable Art shows & galleries 2006-2014

  • World Shibori Group Australia & New Zealand Exhibitions Australia wide 2002 - 2014

  • Open Studios; Daylesford Macedon Ranges 2012-2014

  • Australia Naturally 2008 Australian states 2009 - 2011

  • TAWFA, NSW 2011

  • Fashion Fantasia Tasmania 2009

  • WOW Wearable Art New Zealand 2009

  • Sails in the Desert Hotel Yulara 2009

  • Sculptured Packages Paris 2008

  • Artwear Adorn Melbourne2006

  • Australian Fashion Awards 2001,2008

  • Gown of the Year Melbourne