recent works


2016 – winner of the Qld Regional Art Awards 2017 Textiles

‘It was just after dusk and the quiet had begun to descend’

Wool/silk felt, dyed with ironbark leaves, iron bolts/washers

This handmade felt is a simple circular shape that surprised me when I hung it on a white wall to photograph.  The piece transformed into the intrinsic notion of a moth.

The textures and colours are reminiscent of the beautiful surface marks made by the scribbly gum moth on its host tree.

Only a quarter of moths in the natural world have been named. It’s an unseen world and we need to respect its diversity.


2015 – LOCAL NOW a survey of artists of the region, Ipswich Art Gallery

‘Sclerophyll traces’ Installation, collected eucalypt leaves/wire/metal parts eco dyed print on woolen blanket, thread 6mt W x 2.5mt H (2015) and ‘Visit my Process’ Mp4 (2015)

The opportunity to move away from the default and push out of picture mode has been exciting for me. The making of drawings and sampling have become open ended. They have given me freedom to repond to place – dry forests, catchments, fauna, harvest, shelter for man and beast, vastness and fire. For this piece I have gathered natural materials for eco dyeing, so collaborating with nature to reveal the beauty of the unseen.

The Knot Fibre Festival

has now been completed!
What a great little festival it proved to be.heart flower heart the Knot poster-1-final flat_web Programme_august The Knot Fibre Festival logo2 orange black Programme A_final flat_web
THANKS to all the tutors, volunteers, artist and community we will reappear in 2016.
see the Facebook page for all pics and videos.
Direction: Mieke & Dorothy

Presented by: ArtsConnect Ipswich Inc
Supported by a RADF Grant.
A Partnership between the Queensland Government and the Ipswich City Council.

Weave a Wild mobile with the fibre sisters

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Hands on workshops for children and parents at the Ipswich Festival 2013

Relax and weave a hanging piece with Textile artists AnnaMaria Mays, Dorothy Walsh and Mieke den Otter.
Create a hanging circle or crossed motive using a basic twist and weave.
Take it home and hang it inside or outside in a tree.

The workshop:

• Ideal under 2 shades with 2 tables and room to spread out under a tree
• time – flow through all day
• Participants – 15 at time (1piece each)
• No sew, no glue and non toxic
• Learn a new skill
• Equipment supplied children’s scissors
• Materials: dyed merino handspun woollen & other threads,
garden trash & feathers, cane & raffia

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…the National Folk Festival 2013 celebrated Canberra’s Centenary

Along the road we passed thriving fields of grain, drove through precipitation, investigated grave stones and piles of interesting resources along the roadside.

Front yards in country towns gave us new ideas for Ipswich street art.

We wandered the back garden of the National Gallery of Australia, inspired by the juxtaposition of magnificent eucalypts and bronze works.

The community arts where alive at the National Folk Festival with much fibre being manipulated for parade, making and experiencing with festival goers.

A traveling troupe of beanies from Alice Springs stole the show. Many where acquired by artists, musos and punters to support workshops in felt and crochet.

Colourful acts of cultural dance and acoustic music left your feet tapping.

The highlight of making music with fiddle, mandolin, button box, accordion, voice and cello in the ‘all day session bar’ was an experience not to be missed.
Folk music is still alive with story telling, activism, tradition and expression for young and old.

Jaap and I worked on the Clean Up crew to earn our ticket. A great way to come back down to earth…TRY IT!

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