Fiona’s quilts, beadwork and textile art creations have appeared in several Australian quilting, textile art and beading magazines. Her work has also been seen in exhibitions, and has won numerous awards and prizes.
In 2008 her small bead-embellished quilt “Botanical Oddity” was awarded the Down Under Quilts Best Use of Colour prize at the annual Canberra Quilters exhibition.
In 2009 Fiona’s beaded neckpiece, “Turquoise Treasure”, received the highest accolade at the Royal Canberra Show’s Arts and Crafts exhibition – it was judged the Grand Champion Craft Exhibit.
That same year, her beaded neckpiece “Nature’s Treasures” won joint first place in the 3D category of the Goulburn Art Award. The prize for this was an exhibition – along with the other art award winners – at the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery in NSW, Australia in December 2010.
2015 was a special year for Fiona as she was invited to be a Guest Artist at several of the Stitches and Craft Shows around the country. She was requested to focus on her beadwork for her display, so she put together a fulsome selection of beaded creations, from jewellery (both off-loom beadwork and beaded textile items) to wall quilts and even some sculptural forms and small coiled basketry items. She also offered mini make-and-take classes at her stand, which were a great success.
These photos show Fiona’s Guest Artist stand at the Newcastle Stitches and craft Show in 2015.
Fiona travels around Australia teaching her workshops to groups, guilds, retreats, shops and symposiums. She also offers private lessons in many kinds of beadwork at her home in rural NSW. She is an enthusiastic teacher who loves to encourage her students to try new things and let their creativity flow.