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Dianne Firth, Black Opal

Dianne Firth, Black Opal

Dianne Firth, University of Canberra

The Artist

Dianne Firth is an artist and lecturer local to Canberra who specialises in textiles. Dianne initially studied Landscape Architecture at the University of Canberra and went onto gain her PhD and a post graduate certificate in Textile Manipulation at the Newcastle Technical College. Dianne is an accredited member of Craft ACT, professional member of Quilts Associates;, a member of Ozquilt Network,Canberra Quilters and Quilt NSW.  Dianne has held two solo exhibitions in Canberra, in 2012 and 2017 and  participated in a number of textile exhibitions across Australia. Dianne also is a lecturer at the University of Canberra.

Dianne Firth's works of art are represented across Australia in the following collections: The National Gallery of Australia, The ACT Legislative Assembly, Canberra Museum and Art Gallery, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Museum of Australia, the Powerhouse Museum and the Museum of Art and Design, New York. Dianne has also received the following awards and accolades: Macarthy Memorial Award, 2013, Finalist, Australian Craft Awards, 2013;  ACT critics Circle Award for Visual Arts, 2012; Outstanding in Fibre Design for Australia and New Zealand Award 2010; Cream Award, Quilt Visions Oceanside Museum of Art, San Diego, USA, 2011, Dame Mary Durack Outback Craft Award, 2000 & 2001 and most recently Award for Excellence, Vision Art Museum, San Diego in 2019.

Black Opal by Dianne Firth

The Work of Art

Black Opal is a large quilt-like textile with alternate light and dark textured colours including blue, blue-green and purple commercial cotton and polyester batting. The design was inspired by the intense colours found in black opals mined at Lightning Ridge. The work of art was created and exhibited for the Proof Positive Faculty of Environment Staff Exhibition of Visual Art in 1995. The University of Canberra Art Collection also holds 'Bimbimbie' and Red River textiles.

Bimbimbie by Dianne Firth Red River by Dianne Firth

References & Acknowledgements

Dianne Firth for her CV and statements on her textiles.