On Saturday 5 Nov I led a group of 20 textile enthusiasts on a tour of artists' studios around Canberra and Queanbeyan. This was part of the Design Canberra Festival that is happening in Canberra during November. My thesis of my MA back in 1994 focussed on textile artists and their studios. At that time most textile artists worked at the kitchen table or had a space just off the living area of their house. None of the artists I interviewed were on this tour. It would be interesting study to follow up those artists and what they are doing now.
On our tour we visited Julie Ryder, Polly Crowden, Annie Trevillian, Ruby Berry and Monique van Nieuwland. We unfortunately ran out of time and only stayed around 15 minutes to hear each artist talk about their work. I opened my studio for those that were interested after the tour.
I have observed that now far more artists have designated studios. It is fascinating to see how things have changed for artists in the last 20 years or so. As well far more artists work to support themselves and their practice. They also have a far more professional outlook.