Staff Profiles

Location: F Block, Level 2, Room F219
Phone: 60627
Fax: 60712
Email: Liz.Williamson@unsw.edu.au

Liz Williamson

Head, School of Design Studies

School of Design Studies

Qualifications

MFA (COFA), B Art : Textile Design (RMIT), B Economics (Melb Uni)

Liz Williamson is an internationally respected textile artist who began weaving in the late 1970s. Her work reflects a long standing interest in the history, use and construction of cloth itself. She has designed for industry, produced unique works for major exhibitions and maintained ongoing studio production, specializing in hand-woven scarves and wraps, since establishing her own studio in 1985. Passionately researched over three decades, her knowledge and skills in relation to textiles are a remarkable resource. In her work she embraces some of the oldest techniques of her craft along with new and innovative computer aided processes. Williamson’s work is represented in most major public collections in Australia including the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Powerhouse Museum. In 2008, following more than two decades of dedicated teaching at universities in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney, Williamson was appointed as Head of the School of Design Studies at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney. She has presented numerous guest lectures and workshops in Europe, Asia, North America and here in Australia where she continues to be a tireless advocate for the contemporary craft and design sector. In 2007 Liz was selected for the prestigious Living Treasures : Masters of Australian Craft series, an award given by Object Gallery and Craft Australia acknowledging her 30 years contribution to the craft and design sector through her practice, education and advocacy. Liz Williamson : Textiles her solo exhibition opened at Object Gallery in November 2008 before touring Regional Galleries nationally during 2009, 2010 and 2011. Dr Grace Cochrane is the author of the publication with the same name.