To encourage and assist fibre artists to achieve their
fullest potential by providing advice, facilities
and educational material in an enjoyable
social environment.

Meetings held weekly on Wednesday at Possum Hollow Hall within Townsville Showgrounds, Hyde Park. 10am - 1-00pm

Monday, 9 May 2011

Getting to Know Prof Betsy Jackes

The fact that you’re a member of Fibres and Fabrics shows you are creative by nature. Define yourself – art/craft wise? Craft, more a technician than really creative though I like some design.

Are you more comfortable working in one particular medium than most others?Have tried many and have settled to patchwork and appliqué – not rally a hands dirty as my mother said I didn’t really like making mud pies and pottery doesn’t appeal – to do that is – but once I taught fabric printing. I am a fiddler. 

Are there any artists or crafters who, more than any others, have influenced you in your creative life and why? Diane Johnson and Lois French Technique, Robyn Ginn – permission to use imagination.

Describe your workspace. Usually in front of TV.

What 3 tools could you not live without? Scissors, pins and needles, pencil and paper.

Do you keep a sketchbook or journal? In a fashion!!

We all share our knowledge at Fibres and Fabrics. Do you extend this in any way by participating in or teaching workshops? Have done so.

How do you inspire your creativity when you’re stuck? No idea.

If cost wasn’t an issue, what avenues would you choose to explore to expand your skills? Probably go to more workshops in different parts of the country.

How do you balance your life? I just keep going.

Have you, or do you intend to, exhibit any of your work, either collaboratively or alone? If so where and when? No.

What does your work mean to you? Relaxation and chance to be creative and keep fingers occupied.

 Thank you Betsy!

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