Kate Martin


Certificate IV in Design,  Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE 2007
Diploma of Arts (Visual Arts) Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE 2009


1979-2004  Many Quilt Exhibitions
2005  Nov  "Fibre Frenzy" Exhibited Workshop Space, Wangaratta Exhibition Gallery. 
2005  "Bottle Ideas" Wine Label Exhibition and Sales, Goulburn Ovens TAFE
2005  Nov  "Fibre Frenzy" Exhibited Workshop Space, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery. 
2007  "Altered Books", Exhibition, Workshop Space, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery
2007  "White on White", Muse Gallery, Milawa
2008  "First Impressions", Bainz Gallery, Wangaratta Library. 
2008  "Mixed Bag", Bainz Gallery, Wangaratta Library. 
2009  "Perceptions", Bainz Gallery, Wangaratta Library. 
2010  Petite Miniature Textiles Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery
2010  “Warming Up” Impact on the Environment, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery.
2011  “Bound and Bundled”, Little Art Space, Milawa. With Kathy Beilby & Susan Mathews.
2012  Felternative, Chapel off Chapel Gallery, Melbourne.
2012  National Wool Museum Geelong Expressions Wool Quilt Prize 2012.
          Awarded Highly Commended.
2013  Stitched Up Festival – First Prize – Open Quilt Prize


An interest in mark making on fabric has been a catalyst for much of my work, using stitching, painting, dyeing, drawing and printing techniques. I am currently focusing on experimenting and developing the use of natural plant material to dye and print natural fabrics and then manipulate those fabrics into art pieces. The result is a collection of wearable and two-dimensional art pieces.

Windfalls from nature and discards from the kitchen become a source of imagery and inspiration. Everything from Eucalyptus leaves, rose petals, walnuts, onion skins, and flowers are gathered, tied into tight bundles, enveloped in wool or silk, and bound with string. The textiles are steamed and/or immersed and when it is time to open the bundles...wonderful evocative images, patterns and colours are revealed. The resulting textiles possess earthy nuances, which speak of the depth, diversity and the intrigue of nature.

Gum Leaves & Sheoak, bundled
and wrapped in iron

Gum leaves & Sheoak & Red
Cabbage Iron Mordant

Gum Leaves & Sheoak
Copper Mordant 
Banksia Seed Pods, Copper Mordant

Gum Leaves & Sheoak, Iron Mordant

Satin silk wrapped in scrap iron pieces

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