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 and international.
I have won prizes with my work and been published in textile magazines.

Upcoming Felting Workshops 2017

       14 March 2017
       Denise and Peter Griffen Studios open to the public,
       21 Emma St, Leichhardt 2040, 02 9564 5828
       LOST Leichhardt Open Studio Trail
       8-12 April 2017
Hazelbrook, Korowal School,
       2 day-Felted Vessels; Cording, Surface Decorating and Resist Techniques
       3 day workshops Larger Felted Vessels; Responding to the Landscape
       5 May 2017
       Derivan paint Factory, Unit 4/23 Leeds St. Rhodes, 2138, NSW
       Felt Workshop 02 9736 2022


24-31 May 2017
Art In the Algarve
, Portugal, Olhao, Camilla +44 203 2877140

3-4June 2017
London UK
Felt Workshop
contact : Sue Pearl,+44(0)20 8457 7537                                                      

10-11June 2017
Cornwell UK
 Felt Workshop
contact : Sue Pearl,+44(0)20 8457 7537

3-7July 2017
McGregor Winter School,
Toowoomba 07 4631 2755

9 July 2017
AGNSW Funky Felting

contact:02 9225 1676

13 Aug 2017
 Art School: Pictures Felt Workshop 67-69 Lords Road, Leichhardt NSW
029564 1519,   0414 012 212
art@artest.com.au  http://www.artest.com.au

20 Aug 2017
Funky Felting
contact : 02 9225 1676

26 Aug-3 Sep 2017
Arkaroola Art Adventures,Arkaroola,Flinders Ranges,SA,

Denise, Textiles and Felting, Peter Griffen and Paul Macklin, painting
 Sallie-Ann 02 4382 4411  0409 114 271 
sam@amazingpeople.com.au  paul@amazingpeople.com.au

22 Oct 2017
Canberra Art Workshop(CAW)
at M16 ArtSpace,
Contact: Prue Power0417 419 857

Exhibitions 2017

10 March-3April 2017
ATASDA, Untethered group, Ebb and Flow,
Belconnen Regional Gallery, Queanbeyan.
Opening 10th March 5.30pm.

18-19 March 2017
Textures of One,
Blayney Shire Community Centre. opening 17th March 7pm
Art Trail Carcoar pop up gallery stall sat18-Sun19 March 10-4pm at Carcoar Court House Verandah.

12 May 2017
ATASDA,Untethered group, Ebb and Flow, 
Muswellbrook Regional Gallery, Muswellbrook, 
Opening 5.30pm

26 June-6Aug 2017
ATASDA,Untethered group Stitched- up Exhibition,
Lock Up, Newcastle, 90Hunter St.
Opening Fri 23 June 6pm





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

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