The artist behind Bonsai Woman
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Vicki Cornish is a fibre artist based in Newcastle, Australia with a particular interest in historical tools and techniques. Vicki hand spun her first fleece over 30 years ago. Working now in the areas of spinning, weaving, stitching and nalbinding, her craft practice focuses on using natural fibres and low impact methods of processing and dyeing.
Vicki produces and sells Mayan Spinners, an easy to use, affordable entry level spinning tool. They can be found in her Etsy store, along with a selection of hand spun yarn, hand dyed embroidery threads and woven wearables.
The Gallery Shop at Maitland Regional Art Gallery also stocks a seasonal selection of Bonsai Woman handwoven goods.
Vicki is available to facilitate workshops and teach private lessons in spinning, weaving, stitching and nalbinding. She is an enthusiastic and encouraging teacher who loves to show students how they can use simple, ancient tools, to create beautiful, contemporary textiles.
Vicki has tertiary qualifications in both Visual Arts and Applied Fashion Design and Technology. She has recently contributed a number of articles to international craft magazine TinyStudio Creative Life.
The name "Bonsai Woman" started out as a cheeky reference to Vicki's height. As a 5ft tall woman, her interest in textiles began with the need to make clothes for herself that actually fit! But as her work changed and developed, "Bonsai Woman" became a metaphor for how Vicki works with fibre. Carefully considered, thoughtfully designed, slowly growing. Connected to the past, but always thinking about shaping the future. Creating a microcosm so we can examine a bigger world.
Bonsai Woman products are made exclusively from natural fibres. Many of the raw materials used are purchased directly from Australian farmers and processed in small batches by hand.
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