Local Textile Artist Attracts Attention

Elaine (in Turquoise) at the official opening of The Stories Exhibition with Taiwan friends in front of her artwork. Melody Chen, Chair of the Brisbane International Arts Festival is pictured in the dark blue floral dress.

Local international textile artist Elaine Campbell, has quite a reputation in The Hills District for her artistic talents.

Any regular visitors to the Arana Hills Library may recognise this locals work, as her uniquely painted 3D textile art quilts have been on display for several years at the library.

As she explains, her journey into the world of textile art didn’t start until her adult years.

‘At almost 85 years of age, these past thirty years have been, and continues to be, an exciting journey for me. I only really took up this art 30 years ago when my late husband Doug, became interested in clay at 55 years old. My mother taught me basic sewing skills whilst in my teens  and made the most of my clothes, as I was one of four girls!’

Now Elaine’s work is being recognised all over the world. She has now been selected as one of four artists whose work has been on display in The Stories Exhibition at the Taiwan Centre – Sunnybank as part of the World Arts and Multicultural Festival to celebrate Harmony Week. The colourful exhibition also featured work by Indigenous artist, Abigail Chaloupka, Taiwan artist Ian Cai, and Yoshie Hughes, a Japanese artist.

Since her late husband passed away, she has moved to Farrington Grove Retirement Village at Ferny Hills.

Recently, some of the residents were able to enjoy a visit to the centre where they were warmly welcomed by the Director

Charles Ou Yang and his staff. They were treated to a Taiwanese Cultural morning featuring some of the indigenous tribes of Taiwan and their music. 

If you are interested in viewing Elaine’s work, or purchasing a piece, she would love to hear from you on 0458 049 615

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