In studying for a Diploma of Art in Studio Textiles, Teresa embarked on a journey of exploration, which culminated in an interest in textiles as art, with an emphasis on using unusual materials to create unusual forms. My Winning the Old England Outdoor Sculpture Award in 2005, with the piece ‘Weaving a Memory’ encouraged Teresa to embark on a Diploma of Visual Arts majoring in Sculpture, at the CAE, which was completed in 2012.
Involvement with the Handweavers and Spinners Guild of Victoria has enabled
Teresa to teach spinning and weaving classes and convening the Experimental Spinning group for 10 years enabled Teresa to further explore materials and techniques.
Teresa works in a variety of textile related techniques, such as spinning, knitting and weaving, combining techniques and materials to produce sculptural works and practical articles. Teresa’s current work also uses found and recycled materials, such as fishing wire, paper and videotape, both as a way to create a sustainable practice, more importantly because they produce challenges when combining with traditional techniques.
Teresa completed a month as an artist in residence at the Yarra Sculpture Gallery where she worked for a month on human scaled sculptures made from crocheted videotape. This culminated in an open studio weekend.
Teresa has just completed eight months participating in the Greensborough Comes Alive renewal project, in her own Gallery, Studio and Shop. This has allowed both a public presence and a dedicated work space.
In 2014, Teresa has been accepted as a finalist in the Toyota Sculpture Award with her work, High Rise Development.
Teresa’s current inspiration is concerned with home where her migrant background and the family home built by her father and combining the work of nest building birds is exploring the idea of living in different places, and would love to have further residencies where there can be concentrated work and engagement with the local area is possible.