Liz Williamson

Waste and Eucalyptus Shadows

A close relationship between textiles, form and place are central to Liz’s practice.

Waste explores themes across the repurposing of materials and is an exploration of the tactility and physicality of these materials. In this case, the material qualities of the nylon monofilament waste have been explored. Woven into cotton threads at the loom allowed the flat two-dimensional structure to be folded and transformed into a circular, open object, evoking notions of containment and protection.

Eucalyptus Shadows captures the hidden beauty of our place and local environments. Made with natural materials, Eucalyptus Shadows is woven with wefts dyed from locally sourced plants creating randomly patterned stripes. This work is informed by research into plant dye making in Australia, especially Jean Carman’s documentation of Australian Eucalypt colours.

Liz Williamson is a weaver based in Sydney. Creating woven structures has been a fascination, passion and creative practice for her since taking a weaving course in the late 1970’s. She is a highly accomplished weaver, maker, artist, researcher, educator and designer, who has her own studio practice alongside her position at UNSW Art & Design and her role advising artisan groups in India.

At the heart of her practice is an interest in innovative, experimental and unusual designs created at the loom. Recent weavings reference the rag rug tradition and 'making do' with readily available materials often coloured by locally sourced plant dyes.

(Top image) Liz Williamson, Waste, 2020 Photo: Ian Hobbs

Liz Williamson,  Eucalyptus Shadows, detail, 2019 Photo: Ian Hobbs