Tineke H.

I was born just before WWII in a tiny flat in The Hague. Holland. I was the 4th of eventually, 6 children. Three boys and three girls. Times were extremely tough for my parents . My father had been a POW of the Germans the moment our country was invaded. My mother had no idea where he was and somehow managed to support her children till he returned home months later. Holland nearly starved to death but somehow we survived and watched the Allies drop food parcels in early 1945 which saved us all.

My family left Holland in 1952 as my older brother at age 21 had jumped ship and settled in Adelaide, South Australia. He sponsored us and we went to live atAnlaby, a sheep stud ten miles north of Kapunda. I learned all about Merino wool here and after seven years married the overseer . We went to manage another sheep property , Hughes Park,  8000 acres of hilly country just out of Watervale . I did sew my own clothes and did a little embroidery of the ubiquitous supper cloth with napkins to match. When our sons were born I sewed clothes for them as well.

In 1968 I learned to spin the Merino wool we produced . It was the start of the Craft revival movement. I used to dye the skeins of wool with soursobs, which gave a beautiful golden yellow, lichens which gave a gorgeous orange and the little sundew bulbs which gave a lovely pale burgundy colour. I also learned to weave on a 4 shaft loom and learned inkle weaving in a workshop for which I travelled to Adelaide. I also did a Craft Certificate course in textiles during the Whitlam era majoring in off loom weaving and screen printing..

I learned to weave on a knitting machine in 1980 when we had moved to Inman Valley.I was able to use my handspun , hand dyed yarns to create garments which were edged with inkle bands. Meanwhile I was also exploring lino cutting, painting ,felting, papermaking, hand embroidering and fibre bonding.

In 2000 I started attending the Geelong Fibre Forums which were very informative and also gave me a chance to see what other artists were making. All this led me to creating Fibre Art Booklets in which I love the process of surprising myself with the various techniques which can produce delightful images crying out for a few more colonial knots or other simple stitches to emphasize the image and then to enhance it all by telling a story in my own handwriting .

My next adventure, I think, will be in exploring the abstract possibilities using my photographs and printer to transfer onto natural dyed fabrics.