July 2016 

These are two of the costumes I designed and made for John A Douglas' extraordinary and epic work, Circles of Fire.


Version 1 of his project has been included in The Patient, curated by Bec Dean, at UNSW Galleries, Paddington NSW.


An exhibition and performance of Circles of Fire will be presented later in 2016.


Read more on The Patient



Circles of Fire 1  


Circles of Fire 2

velvet applique and beadwork on zentai suits, and a black velvet blindfold, 2015-16



More info on Circles of Fire : John A Douglas





April 2016

some kind of longing : a survey of textile work



Ararat Regional Art Gallery 2nd April - 22nd May


This exhibition will bring together a selection of my textile-based

installations and wall works from 1995-2015. While my work does embrace 

drawing, installation, sculpture and painting, this exhibition reminds 

me that textiles and its inextricable relationship to the body is right

at the heart of my practice. I will be installing my thread drawing

'some kind of longing' in the gallery once the exhibition has opened

so that visitors can watch the work reveal itself over four days.


Thank you to Anthony Camm and the Ararat Regional Art Gallery for this

wonderful opportunity, and to Arts NSW for funding my project through

the Artist Support Grant.



Opening: Sat 2nd Apr 1.00pm


Ararat Regional Art Gallery

Town Hall, Vincent St, Ararat

Mon-Fri: 10.00-4.30

Sat-Sun: 12.00-4.00



'some kind of longing' 2012

cotton thread,mapping pins (440 x 180 cm)

photo: Frances Mocnik




Michele Elliot is a respected mid-career contemporary artist

with a practice defined by a unique engagement with abstraction

as a metaphor for human connectivity and the mapping of

relationships over time. In the last ten year’s Michele’s practice

has become increasingly sculptural and she has worked with a wide range

of materials, including textiles. Her work is strongly informed by

human relationships and geography, with influences including living

alternately on the west and east coasts of Australia, travelling

in search of stories relating to her rich cultural background and

collaborating with artists from other cultures.


Ararat Regional Art Gallery has a longstanding commitment to presenting

and promoting excellence and innovation in textile-based art.

On the basis of Michele’s distinctive work featuring textiles,

the gallery has curated this survey exhibition spanning over

twenty years of her work.


Anthony Camm Director




This project is supported through the NSW Government

through Arts NSW.









Drawing, Materiality and the Tactile :

teaching at the National Art School Summer School




It was wonderful to teach this week long course again at the

NAS Summer School. And once again, I was impressed by just how

much work our group produced in five days. The first two days

focus on composition, collage and working in 2D with fabric.



The remainder of the week we explore 3D assemblage, deconstruction

and more sculptural forms. We had a lot of visitors at the end

of the week's Open Studio and the students received some great feedback

and admiration at the diverse array of work on display.


And with luck, I'm hoping to see you there for the Winter School 2016






Oct - Nov 2015

Moving and Drawing Retreat with Alice Cummins



This three day workshop was held at the Riddells Creek Studio. We worked 

over three days in this beautiful bush setting moving and drawing 

in the studio, undertaking reflective mapping work and in a responsive

site-specific installation. 





Find out more about Alice Cummins here ...






Slowing Down Time 4


Jo Law, Louise Curham, Michele Elliot and Sue Healey



Opening Friday 12th June 6.00 pm


Belconnen Arts Centre

118 Emu Bank Belconnen ACT


To be opened by Dr Gordon Bull, Senior Lecturer

Centre for Art History and Art Theory,

Australian National University


Artist talks: Sun 21st June; Sun 5th July


(opening hours: Tue - Sun 10.00am-4.00 pm)



This is the fourth iteration of an ongoing collaboration between

Jo, Louise, Michele and Sue. Starting with the premise of

slowing down time, they use with installation, sculpture,

choreography and moving image to construct new work. Each week

of the project, one artist takes over the foyer space, adding

to what the artist before them has left behind. Over the four

weeks, unexpected new works emerge, created together by the

four artists. Slowing Down Time is a project rather than an

exhibition, offering visitors an experience of the artists’ process.


You can follow this project, and its three previous iterations here: 

the art of slowing down time



slowing down time 3, articulate project space, 2014

slowing down time 3 : Articulate project space, 2014




April 2015  

Costume design project


Very excited to be designing costumes 

for Sydney based performance artist John A. Douglas'

research and development on his new project 'Circle of Fire'. 

John's work investigates his life changing experience of renal



Liminality, the body, visceral velvet ... 



 prelim John A D



March 2015         

Notes towards a Future Feminist Archive



Curated by Lynne Barwick and Bronia Iwanczak


Opening: Friday 6th March 6.00 pm


Affilated Text at Cross Arts Books

33 Roslyn Street, Potts Point, NSW


Exhibition runs 7th Mar - 18th Apr 2015

Open daily 10.00am - 6.00 pm



‘Notes Towards a Future Feminist Archive’ is an exhibition

planned to coincide with Contemporary Art and Feminism’s

(CAF) March launch of ‘Future Feminist Archives’, a program

of eventsthat will include a conference at the

Art Gallery of NSW, an exhibition at Sydney College

of the Arts and a national calendar of associated

exhibitions at regional galleries,university

galleries and artist run spaces.


Affiliated Text: A year-long gallery project exploring visual representations of language.








November 2014  

Horizon : exploring the West Coast with the Clipperton Project


This exhibition brings together works by 17 artists in response to

the coastline, the horizon and ideas of exploration and adventure. 


The Clipperton Project is a not-for-profit organisation established

in 2010 in Scotland by Jon Bonfiglio, a former theatre director

and poet,that combines exploration, adventure, seafaring,

and art to empower and socially activate citizens.



Opening: Friday 21st November 6.00 pm


Public Program of talks, tours, round-tables and other events

Sat 23rd and Sun 24th Nov


for more info, visit: Horizon at the Fremantle Arts Centre


Fremantle Arts Centre

1 Finnerty Street

Fremantle W.A.


Exhibition runs 22nd Nov 2014 - 26th Jan 2015


'fathom' 2014 (detail

fathom, 2014 (detail)






October 2014 

slowing down time 3


Jo Law, Louise Curham, Michele Elliot and Sue Healey



closing event and artist talks : Sunday 26th October

Dates: 7th - 26th October

The gallery will be open: Fri-Sun 11am to 5pm



Articulate project space

497 Parramatta Road

Leichhardt, NSW



Slowing Down Time 3 brings these four artists together

for another iteration of their ongoing collaboration. 

Working with sound, installation, moving image, choreography

and drawing, the project sees each of the four work the space for

five days and build upon what has been left by the previous



You can follow this project, and its earlier iterations here: art of slowing down time






July 2014




Walker Street Gallery

Cnr Robinson and Walker Streets

Dandenong, Vic


Cultural Threads: City of Greater Dandenong's program

of exhibitions, workshops andevents celebrating the

diversity of textiles.



opening Thursday 31st July 6-8pm

Gallery hours : Mon-Fri 11-5; Sat 11-3



This installation using found and donated items of clothing that

have been handstitched to create forms that invite considerations of

humanity, displacement and loss.





May 2014

Artist in Residence, Fremantle Arts Centre, WA



Working with writing, drawing and mapping, my focus will be

the Indian Ocean as a space of transition. I will be

researching histories of migration, trade and exchange 

in relation to archival material and develop ideas in the

studio for a new body of work.



This project was assisted by the Australian

Government through the Australia Council,

its arts funding and advisory body.


Aust Co logo





April 2014

slowing down time

  Jo Law, Louise Curham, Michele Elliot and Sue Healey  


Closing event and artists talks: Sunday 6th April 2-4pm



Articulate project space

497 Parramatta Road

Leichhardt, NSW



10th March - 6th April

Gallery hours: Fri-Sun 11-5





March 2014

whitewash : a solo exhibition



opening Fri 28th Feb 6.00pm 



Wollongong Art Gallery

cnr Kembla and Burelli Streets


  Dates: 1 March - 11 May 2014  




Organic Intimacy



Claire Collett, Michele Elliot, Ruth Hadlow, Cheryl Hutchens,

Kay Lawrence, Sara Lindsay, Rosemary O'Rourke, Ema Shin,

Cheryl Thornton, Belinda Von Mengersen (curated by Sara Lindsay)



opening Thu 6th Mar 6.00pm





August 2013

Sensorial Loop: 1st Tamworth Textile Triennial 


(A touring exhibition)



opening: Sat 17 Aug 2.00pm


Ararat Regional Gallery will host the 9th and final

exhibition for for this tour


Ararat Regional Gallery

Town Hall, Vincent St,Ararat

15th August - 28th September



June 2013

'Animals and Empire' 


12-13 June: A workshop presentation at the

Department of History, University of Bristol, UK


Animal studies is an emerging field within the arts and humanities,

transcending disciplinary boundaries in its investigation of the

relationships between humans and other animals in subjects

such as history, philosophy and literature. This workshop centres

on the role of animals and the place of human-animal relationships

in the history of the British Empire.


For more information, go to: Animals and Empire





Burqas, Veils and Hoodies : identity and representation



opening: Thu 6th June 6.30pm


Walker Street Gallery & Arts Centre

Cnr Walker and Robinson Sts, Dandenong

6th - 29th June 


Sensorial Loop: 1st Tamworth Textile Triennial in Manly


(A touring exhibition)



opening: Fri 7th June 6.00pm


Manly Regional Gallery

Cnr West Esplanade and Commonwealth Parade, Manly

7th June - 21st July





April 2013

The Situated Line


Boni Cairncross, Brogan Bunt, Jo Law, Michele Elliot, Ruth Hadlow

(curated by Michele Elliot)



opening: Sat 27th April 2-4pm

artist talks and discussion: Sun 12th May 2-4pm


Articulate Project Space

497 Parramatta Road, Leichhardt NSW







 Jan 2013

Sensorial Loop: 1st Tamworth Textile Triennial


(A touring exhibition)


Stanthorpe Regional Gallery

Weeroona Park, Lock Street Stanthorpe, Qld                      

18 January - 24 February