About The Textile Artist

 

Cindy Watkins lives and works as a textile artist in the Central Highlands of the Great Western Tires in Northern Tasmania. For the past 10 years she has been successfully running her own Gallery and Art studio in Deloraine. She has won many awards for her textile work. Cindy's work has been published in magazines in Australia and America. Her work hangs in private collections throughout Australia and internationally. The natural world is her inspiration especially Tasmanian flora and fauna.

 

A Bit more about me
 

I am a third generation quilter. My mother, many years ago introduced me to quilting but it never really interested me. All that cutting and resewing perfect points was not for me.

over 10 years ago while browsing in one of her magazines I seen my first painted quilt. It was a Golden Crested Cockatoo by Helen Godden. I got excited when I realised you can paint on quilts. I was hooked.

I taught myself to free motion quilt on You Tube and found this most addictive. I was already a painter so the transfer of this medium to textile was an easy one.

 

I love that my quilts are not only a piece of art work to be hung on a wall but that they are a tactile item that can be touch and experienced on different levels.

I can never live long enough to create all the quilts in my head.

 

Quilting has become an integral part of my life and led to me opening a business (Elemental Artspace now The Textile Artist) that has grown far beyond what I ever imagined it would.

 

The natural world is my inspiration and features heavily in my work. I especially love animals. I also find inspiration in the fabric itself. There is a world of quilting and art techniques out there and I feel that I am on a life long journey of learning. I enjoy experimenting and trying new things and I feel this is part of the process of developing your own style. I use photographs taken by myself or friends as reference material.

CV

Education

Diploma of Art Craft and Design TAFE Tas

 

Recent Group Exhibitions

2017

  • Island Quilts exhibition – Launcston, Tasmania, Australia

  • Blessington Quilt exhibition – Queensland, Australia

  • World Quilt Show - Touring USA

2016

  •  Elemental Artspace An Age to Grow Exhibition – Deloraine, Tasmania, Australia

  • AQC Challenge Tradition with a twist - Australia all States

2015

  • Rotary Quilt challenge - Deloraine, Tasmania, Australia

  • Island Quilts exhibition – Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

  • AQC Challenge True Blue - Touring Australia all States

  • Tasmanian Art Quilt Prize - Hobart Tasmania

  • Canberra Quilt exhibition – Canberra, ACT, Australia

2014

  • Rotary Quilt challenge – Deloraine, Tasmania, Australia

  • Island Quilts exhibition – Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

  • AQC Challenge Ten touring - Touring all states Australia

  • Tasmanian Art Quilt prize - Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

2013

  • Rotary Quilt challenge – Deloraine, Tasmania, Australia

  • Island Quilts exhibition – Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

  • AQC Challenge FREE - Touring Australia all states

2012

  • Material girl - Touring Tasmania, Australia

  • Island Quilts exhibition – Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

  • Ap&Q and AQC What the world needs now – Touring all Sates Australia

2011

  • Australian Wool Museum – Geelong, Victoria, Australia

  • New Zealand Hoffman challenge Touring New Zealand

  • Island Quilts – Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

  • Ap&Q and AQC The Seven Deadly Sins - Touring all states Australia


 


 

2010

  • Island Quilts Exhibition - Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

  • AP&Q and AQC Remember Exhibition – Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

  • Best of the Best Exhibition Australian Quilt Convention – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  • Break O'Day Stitches Exhibition – Tasmania, Australia

  • Celtic Art Award – Westbury, Tasmania, Australia

2009

  • Quilting Arts - Touring USA

  • Island Quilts Exhibition – Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

  • AP&Q and AQC Fantasy Exhibition - Tour around Australia and New Zealand

  • Celtic Art Award - Westbury, Tasmania, Australia

  • Break O'Day Stitches Exhibition – Tasmania, Australia

2008

  • Celtic Art Award – Westbury, Tasmania, Australia

 

 

Recent Awards

2017

  • 2nd place Blessington Challenge – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

  • Selected for World quilt show – Touring USA

2016

  • AQC Challenge Finalist – Touring Australia

  • Judges Choice World Quilt Challenge. - Touring USA

2015

  • 2nd prize Art Quilt Island Quilts – Hobart, Tasmania,Australia

  • 1st prize Rotary Textile Challenge Tasmanian Craft Fair – Deloraine, Tasmania, Australia

  • AQC Challenge Finalist – Touring Australia all states

  • Finalist Tasmanian Art Quilt prize – Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

  • 2nd Prize Art quilt Canberra Quilt Exhibition – Canberra , ACT, Australia

2014

  • Highly commended Rotary Textile Challenge – Deloraine, Tasmania, Australia

  • 1st prize Art Quilt Island Quilts - Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

  • AQC Challenge Finalist – Touring Australia All states

  • Finalist Tasmanian Art Quilt prize – Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


 


 

2013

  • Highly commended Rotary Textile Challenge – Deloraine, Tasmania, Australia

  • 1 st prize Art quilt Island quilt – Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

  • 2nd peoples choice Island Quilts – Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

  • Finalist AQC challenge – Touring Australia all states

2012

  • Finalist Material Girls – Tasmania, Australia

  • 2nd Art quilt Island quilts – Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

  • 3rd Peoples choice Island Quilts – Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

  • Finalist AP&Q AQC challenge What the world needs now – Touring Australia All states.

2011

  • 1st prize pictorial quilt Island Quilts 2011 – Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

  • Finalist Wool Museum of Australia – Geelong, Victoria, Australia

  • Finalist AP&Q and AQC Remember Exhibition – Australia touring all states

  • 1st Contemporary New Zealand Hoffman Challenge – New Zealand

2010

  • 1st Prize Art Quilt Professional Island Quilts Exhibition – Launcston, Tasmania, Australia

  • 1st Prize Best Domestic Machine Quilting Island Quilts Exhibition – Launcston Tas Aus

  • 2nd Prize Pictorial Quilt Professional Island Quilts Exhibition – Launcston Tas Australia

  • 2nd Prize Small Quilt Professional Island Quilts Exhibition – Launcston Tas Australia

  • 1st Prize Celtic Art Award Westbury – Tasmania, Australia

  • Finalist AP&Q and AQC Remember Exhibition – Australia Touring all states

  • 1st Prize Art Quilt Break O'Day Stitches Exhibition – Tasmania, Australia

  • Selected for Quilting Arts Inner Animal Exhibition - USA

2009

  • 1st Prize Small Quilt Professional Island quilts - Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

  • Peoples Choice Award Celtic Art Awards – Westbury, Tasmania, Australia

  • 1st Prize Non Traditional Quilt Break O'Day Stitches Exhibition – Tasmania, Australia

2008

  • Highly Commended Celtic Art Award – Westbury Tasmania, Australia

 


 


 

Galleries

Gallery Pejean 57 George St, Launceston 7250 Tasmania Australia (2018 - Current)

The Textile Artist 59 Brisbane Street Tasmania (2018- current)

Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery (2017- Current)

Brush Rabbit Emu Bay Rd Deloraine (2017- Current) 

Elemental Artspace 20 Emu Bay Road (2012 – 2018)

1842 Corner St John and Cimitiere Streets Launceston Tasmania (2011 - 2018)

Axeman's hall of fame Bells Parade Latrobe (2010 - 2014)

Galendor Art Main Road Sheffeild (2010 - 2014)

Round the Bend Art Shed 6 West Barrack Street Deloraine (2010 - 2012)


 

Publications

New Zealand Quilter Issue 76 2011

Australian Patchwork & Quilting Vol19 no 10 2011

Australian Patchwork & Quilting Vol19 no 6 2011

Quilting Arts Magazine Inter Weave Press USA Issue 45 June/July 2010

Down Under Quilts Creative Living Magazine Issue 139 Dec 2009

  

Teaching

Private and group classes ongoing current

Needlecraft Cruises 2015

National Folk Festival Canberra April 2012, 2013

Australian Sewing Guild 2011 National convention

 

Professional Affiliations

Tasmanian Quilt guild

Arts Deloraine

Tasmanian Craft Fair (The Rotary Club Of Deloraine)

Elemental Artspace/The Textile Artist

Judging
Tasmanian Quilt Exhibition 2016
Deloraine Show 2016

 

 

 Cradle Mountain. Creator lake in full autumn colour in April with the turn of Australias only native desirous tree  Nothofagus gunnii   .   

Cradle Mountain. Creator lake in full autumn colour in April with the turn of Australias only native desirous tree Nothofagus gunnii  .