Ro Cook is a multi-disciplinary artist specialising in textiles. Ro creates her work by printing, dyeing and embellishing in 2D and 3D. Combining textiles and printing – she created Rokoco Textiles, making sustainable hand printed and dyed products. 

The tea towel leads the charge in her love and homage to Australian domestic life. She has returned to the tea towel as a medium for her artwork. Inspiration is drawn from Ro's life in Australia and Australian Indigenous arts and culture as well as textiles within Asia and Pacific Regions. Ro has been using and experimenting in the use of natural pigments and dyes for over 20 years. As an Art and Design educator, Ro has lectured and tutored at tertiary institutions including the AFTRS and UTS in Sydney and RMIT, Melbourne.

Images: Ro Cook, Places of Work. Photo courtesy of Ro Cook; Ro Cook, Block printing demonstration in India, 2018. Photo: Jocelyn Jackson


What is your 'origin story'?! Where did it all start?
As a child I loved stamps – all children do but I didn’t stop! I would also make little houses and create villages in garden beds at home and at school. And, of course, I always loved textiles and my aesthetics were incubated during the late 50’s and 60’s.

Describe the last thing you made?
I am putting together some little bespoke cushions using some of my handprints on handloomed Thai hemp. The designs derive from cultural details from travelling in India. Enjoying hand stitching and embellishing.

What part of the making process do you enjoy the most?
I love process - the entire process – I love the creation of a spark that leads to a design idea and goes either in the direction of a new artwork or a new product or an entirely new direction. And then I execute the work and enjoy seeing it develop.

Who should we be following on Instagram? Who are your favourite local makers?
I don’t get much of a chance to look at Instagram on a regular basis, I love it when I do. Having said that @a_handmadelife @brettstoneware @lizwilliamsonweaver @salim_wazir always offer fodder for the creative soul

What's next on the horizon for you?
Grate Art –grates, grills, and manholes (or should that be person holes?) that I have met.