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Associate Professor Liz Williamson

Associate Professor Liz Williamson


Associate Professor Liz Williamson is an internationally respected textile artist and her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Her research reflects a long-standing interest in the history, use and construction of cloth itself—particularly the repair of cloth and the process of darning. She has designed for industry, produced unique works for major exhibitions, and, since establishing her own studio in 1985, has maintained ongoing studio production specializing in hand-woven scarves and wraps. Her knowledge and skills in relation to textiles are a remarkable resource. In her work, she embraces some of the oldest techniques of her craft along with innovative computer-aided processes. Her work is represented in most major public collections in Australia including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Powerhouse Museum.

Williamson has presented numerous guest lectures and workshops in Europe, Asia, North America, and Australia, where she continues to be a tireless advocate for the contemporary craft and design sector. She is involved in cultural projects in Asia, working with artisan groups and weavers to assist their development of sustainable products and contemporary designs. She has conducted workshops in India, Pakistan, Vietnam, India and the Philippines.

In 2007, she was selected for the prestigious Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series, an award given by Object Gallery and Craft Australia acknowledging her 30 year contribution to the craft and design sector through her practice, education and advocacy. Liz Williamson: Textiles, her solo exhibition, opened at Object Gallery in November 2008 before touring Regional Galleries nationally during 2009, 2010 and 2011. Dr Grace Cochrane is the author of the publication with the same name. 

Selected Recent Work


  • Williamson EB, 2010, 'Interlaced: Textiles for fashion', in English B; Pomazan L (ed.), Australian Fashion Unstitched, the Last 60 Years, edn. 1st, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne, Australia, pp. 103 - 125

  • Williamson EB, 2011, ''rug up : The experience of design for industry'', in ConnectED 2010: proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Design Education, University of New South Wales, Sydney, presented at ConnectEd 2010, UNSW, Sydney, Australia, 28 June - 1 July 2010

  • Williamson EB, 2010, 'Capturing the landscape : Textiles for the Australian Fashion Industry', in 2010 TSA Biennial Symposium, Textiles and Settlement: From Plains Space to Cyber Space,, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, presented at 2010 Textile Society of America Biennial Symposium, Textiles and Settlement: From Plains Space to Cyber Space,, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, 6 - 9 October 2010

Curated Exhibitions

  • Williamson EB, 2010, Exhibited at: , Tamworth Regional Gallery, Tamworth, NSW Australia, 13 November 2010, Publication: Tamworth Fibre Textile Collection 35 Year Survey exhibtion, Tamworth Regional Gallery, Tamworth, NSW, Australia, Editor: Hinchcliffe M

Conference Presentations

  • Williamson EB, 2010, 'Intriguing the Senses : Contemporary Textiles from COFA', in , presented at Textiles Seminar, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, 15 January 2010

  • ​Williamson EB, 2010, ''The Intrigue of Textiles : contempory textile research'', in , presented at Tamworth Fibre Textile Collection 35year Survey Symposium, Tamworth Regional Gallery, Tamworth, NSW, Australia, 13 November 2010

Visual Arts

  • Williamson EB, 2010, From Lausanne to Beijing 6th International Fiber Art Exhibition, Exhibited: 'Small Remembrances' 2009 at , Henan Art Museum; Zhengzhou City, Henan Province, China, 12 September - 12 October 2010, Publication: Tsinghua University and Henan Art Museum, Beijing, China, Curator/Editor: Lecheng L

Curated Exhibitions

  • Williamson EB, 2010, Exhibited at: , Cofaspace; College of Fine Arts, Paddington, Sydney, 13 July 2010, Publication: A Gene Expression, Editor: Liz Williamson

  • Williamson EB, 2010, Exhibited at: , COFAspace; College of Fine Arts, Paddington, Sydney, 24 - 27 August 2010, Publication: Rug Up 3, Editor: Williamson L

  • Williamson EB; Bamford RJ, 2009, Exhibited at: , Ivan Dougherty Gallery; Sydney, Australia, 30 July - 22 August 2009, Publication: Sustain Me: Contemporary Design, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney, Editor: Bamford R; Williamson L