Welcome to Denise Lithgow Designs

My two dimensional works are colourful,vibrant textile abstracts which are inspired by the landscape.In these I visulise hills and valleys or the coastline where the sea meets the land. These works are created using free machine embroidery and are built up with layers of coloured fabrics,some of which have been hand dyed and working with, "what feels right", I layer the fabrics creating visual landscapes,stitching,then overlaying and repeating the process to build up the design. My felt works are done in a similar way, by first creating the felt as a landscape piece, then stitching into the felt to create foreground, middle groundand background landscapes.

I create sculptural felt vessels employing very simplistic lines.Once I was introduced to felt I was captivated by its tactile qualities, rich colours and the magic messing of fibres which can then be manipulated into forms and shapes to create vessels and exotic wearable art.

In the late 80's while working full time, nursing in the Operating theatres, at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, I studied Fashion Design at East Sydney and TAFE colleges. I created "Denise Lithgow Designs" which included designing wedding garments and accessories, co-coordinating and designing personalized wardrobes for clients and developing new fashion ideas.

After discovering ATASDA (Australia Textile and Surface Design Association) and TAFTA (The Australian Forum for Textile Arts) I have continued to do many workshops and textile forums which keep me in touch with latest practices and allows for swapping of ideas with colleagues.
I receive commissions for my work and sell my work in Galleries throughout Australia. I have won prizes with my work and been published in textile magazines.

Upcoming Exhibitions

                 Breathing Colours 446 Darling St, Balmain
                  Felt Vessels on exhibition
                   Feb 2016

     Pandora Gallery, Coolah NSW
      Landscapes-Ways of Seeing Peter Griffen and Denise Lithgow

      4March-1April16 2016

     Leichhardt Open Studio Trail, 21 Emma St Leichhardt, 9564 5828
      Peter and Denise studios open to the public,

      12-13 March 2016 

     ATASDA, Palm House, Royal Sydney Botanical Gardens

       17-30 May 2016 

      Red Poles Gallery, McMurtrie Rd, McLaren Vale SA
        Hunters and Gathers  Denise Lithgow & Wendy Redden,Textile Artists, Peter Griffen Paintings,
        David Griffen, Ceramic photographs. 

       1stOct-27Nov 2016

      Untethered Group,ATASDA NSW,Wallarobba Arts Centre, Hornsby
      Ebb and Flow

      Nov 9-15



        Willoughby Arts Festival, Workshop Arts Centre, 33 Laurel St, Willoughby 
        Sculpture Felting,

        6-7 March16


          ATASDA, Brush Farm,19 Lawson St, Eastwood,
         Felting 3DVessels and felt jewellery

          30-31April 2016,9.30am-4.30pm

         AGNSW,Art Gallery Rd, The Domain

         19June 2016 
        jamie.mackenzie@ag.nsw.gov.au 9225 1878

        Waverley-Woollahra Art School, 138 Bondi Road Bondi 
        Peter Griffen and Denise Lithgow Talk, followed by weekend workshop,
24 June 2016
        Tel: 9387 2461

        AGNSW, Art Gallery Rd, The Domain

        21August 2016‚Äč
        jamie.mackenzie@ag.nsw.gov.au 9225 1878

        Arkaroola Art Adventures,Flinders Ranges,SA,

        Peter, Painting and Denise, Felting and mixed media, 

        3-10 September 2016
          Sallie-Ann 02 4382 4411  0408 114 272 

        Workshops in the Algarve, Portugal,Olhao
        Fantastic Felt Forms and Felt Jewellery
         May 2017(dates Soon)



Felt Gallery Art U Wear Painting Gallery Hand Painted Gallery Machine Embroidery Gallery

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