Biography, CV



Jennifer Robertson studied woven textiles at West Surrey College of Art and Design, Royal College of Art, UK and Fondazione Arte della Seta Lisio, Florence, Italy. She migrated to Australia in 1986, established a weaving studio in Fremantle, WA and moved to join the academic staff at the Australian National University School of Art & Design in Canberra in 1997.

Career highlights include being the recipient of two major Creative Fellowships – an Australia Council two year Visual Arts Fellowship 2001-2003 to develop triple cloth weaving based upon primary thematic research between natural environment, human form and fibre, and a one year artsACT Creative Fellowship 2005 to research European 17th-18th century weaving leading to the invention of the Jacquard loom and subsequent computer. In 2016 she was awarded an Australia Council Individual Project Grant to research geological atomic and molecular structures and develop a new body of sculptural woven artworks and an Australian National University Vice Chancellor’s College Creative Fellowship, a collaborative project with the ANU Research School of Earth Science and Emeritus Professor Ian Jackson to realize sculptural woven 3D geological artworks using technical materials including basalt, carbon, stainless steel, copper, silver/polyester.

Jennifer has been invited to lecture at numerous international institutions and symposia including Danish Design School, Copenhagen, Denmark, Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles, Montreal, Canada, “Inspired Design, Entrepreneurial Jacquard Textiles”, Centre for Craft, Creativity and Design, Hendersonville, North Carolina, USA, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 11th International Biennial Contemporary Textile Conference, Kherson, Ukraine, The Surrey Institute of Art and Design University College, Surrey, UK, Sheridan College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada, Tokyo Zokei University, Tokyo, Japan, Kyoto Seika University, Kyoto, Japan and Kawashima Textile School, Kyoto, Japan.

She undertakes research, freelance projects, commissions, develops design prototypes for international textile industry and designs and produces bespoke woven textiles. She exhibits internationally and nationally including Asia, Europe, USA, Canada and Australia.

Woven textile works are held in public collections including Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, USA, NUNO Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Museum, Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Ararat Regional Gallery, Victoria, alongside numerous private international and national collections.A CraftACT Accredited Professional Member, she has contributed to Craft ACT APM panel, ACT Textile network, Craft Australia Export Development Group, Board member ‘Shikat’ Project Philippines, ACT Govt Textile Education. Jennifer lives and works in Canberra, Australia.

Curriculum Vitae

Qualifications and Training

2003/2006 Jacquard Design Certificates, Fondazione Lisio, Florence, Italy.
1987 Established Weave Studio, Australia.
1984-1985 Post Graduate Studies in Woven Textiles, Royal College of Art, London, UK.

1981-1984 BA Hons Degree in Woven Textiles, West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham, Surrey, UK.

Professional Activity

2021 Award for Excellence, “11th Lausanne to Beijing” International Fiberart Biennale, online from mid January.

2020 Artist Talk Online, Petite, National Australian Miniature Textiles, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Wangaratta, Victoria

2019 Speaker, Moderator, Global Congress Composite Materials, Advanced Ceramics, Carbon, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2019 Keynote Speaker, World Congress Materials Science and Engineering, Las Vegas, USA

2019 Floor Talk, Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award, Wangaratta, Victoria

2019 Floor Talk, CSIRO textili geologia et marinus, Solo exhibition, CSIRO, Canberra, Australia
2018 Contributor, UK Online Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.
2018 Floor Talk, Placemakers, CraftACT, Canberra, Australia.
2018 Lecture, Post Grad Seminar, SOAD, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.
2017 ANU Research School of Earth Science, talk, presentation of artwork, Canberra, ACT.
2017 VCCAFS talk, Australian National University Art Forum, Canberra, ACT. 2016 Lecture, Southern Highlands Fibre Textile Network, Sturt Craft Centre, Mittagong, NSW
2016 Invited Speaker, 11th International Biennial Contemporary Textile Conference, Kherson, Ukraine.
2013 -2020 Lecturer, Course Convenor, Foundation, School of Art & Design, RSHA, CASS, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia.
2012 Lecture, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
2009 Lecture, Tokyo Zokei University, Tokyo, Japan,
2009 Lecture, Kyoto Seika University, Kyoto, Japan.
2009 Lecture, Kawashima Textile School, Kyoto, Japan.
2009 Lecture, Sheridan College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada.
2009 Speaker, “Inspired Design, Entrepreneurial Jacquard Textiles”, Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, North Carolina, USA.

2008 Lecturer, Jacquard Workshop, Fondazione Lisio, Florence, Italy
2008, 06, 05, 03, Residencies, Fondazione Arte della Seta Lisio, Florence, Italy.
1997-2011, Lecturer, Textiles, School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra.

2005 Acting Head, Textiles, Australian National University.
2005 Member Craft Australia Export Advisory Group.
2004 Lecture, The Surrey Institute of Art and Design University College, UK

2004 Lecture and Residency, Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles, Canada

2004 Lecture, University of Canberra, Architecture Dept, Canberra, ACT Presentation,

2004 Space Between Conference, Perth, WA
2003 Lecture, Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles, Canada
2003 Lecture, Danish Design School, Copenhagen, Denmark
2000 Presentation of work to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on behalf of ACT Government.
1999 Executive Committee member, “Shikat” project, Philippines.
1999 Textile Network ACT committee member.
1998 Exhibition Coordinator, “Folding”, Legislative Assembly, Canberra.

1997 Speaker and invited Lecturer, Canberra Spinners and Weavers Guild, Canberra.
1994 Lecturer, Textiles, Edith Cowan University, Perth, WA.
1993 Invited Judge, City of Perth Craft Award, Perth, WA.
1991-1992 Lecturer, Textiles, Edith Cowan University, Perth, WA.

1988 Lecturer, Summer School, Albany, WA.
1987 Established Studio, Fremantle, WA.


2020 C/O Craft ACT Members Exhibition, host online talks, Canberra, ACT, Australia

2020 Petite National Textile Miniatures, Artist Video talk, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Wangaratta, Victoria

2020 Boundless Objects, Culture Art Centre of Fundacao Eugenio de Almeida, Evora, Portugal, Oct 12-April 12, 2020.
2019 4th Triennale of Kogei, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, Nov 10-21.

2019 Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, South Korea, Oct 8-Nov 17.

2019 Cultura Diffusa/Pop Up Miniartextil, Como, Italy Sep 28-Nov 17.
2019 Material Flow, Museum in the Park, Stroud, England, Aug 31-Sep 22
2019 Scythia 9th International Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Mini Textile Art, Ivano Frankivs’k, Ukraine

2019 Warped Perspectives, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
2019 Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Victoria
2019 Textili Geologia et Marinus, Solo Exhibition, CSIRO, Canberra, Australia

2019 Contextile, Contemporary Textile Art Biennial, Guimarez, Portugal
2018 Placemakers, Craft ACT, Canberra, Australia.
2018 Fibre and Clay, Narek Gallery, Bermagui, NSW, Australia.
2018 VCAFS Survey Exhibition, Australian National University SOA&D Gallery, Canberra, Australia.
2018 Scythia, 12th International Biennial Contemporary Textile Art, Ivano – Frankivs’k, Ukraine.

2017 Design Canberra Festival, Six Degrees of Separation, Graphic Installation at Canberra Centre, Canberra, ACT, Pop up Living Room, Narrabundah, ACT.

2017 CraftACT Members Exhibition, CraftACT, Canberra, ACT.

2017 Crystal Imperfections as Agents of Deformation, permanent display, ANU Research School of Earth Science, Australian national University, Canberra, ACT.

2017 “Miniartextil”, International Finalist, Como, Italy, touring Europe until end 2018.

2017 Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Wangaratta, Victoria.

2017 The Gift Project, Marmara University, Kadikoy, Istanbul, Turkey.
2017 The 8th International Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Mini Textile Art “Scythia”, Kherson/Ivano Frankivs’k, Ukraine.
2017 “Random”, ANU School of Art & Design, Canberra, ACT.
2017 VCCAFS 2016, Australian National University Foyer Gallery, Canberra, ACT 2016 “From Lausanne to Beijing 9th International Fiberart Biennale, Shenzen, China
2016 “Petite”, National finalist, Textile Minatures, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Wangaratta, Victoria.
2016 International exhibitor, “Embracing Innovation”, CraftACT, Canberra, ACT. 2016

2016 International Finalist “11th International Biennial Contemporary Textile Art Exhibition, Kherson, Ukraine.
2015 “UnEnFolding”, Solo exhibition, Gallery Gallery, Kyoto, Japan, Nov/Dec2015.

2015 National Finalist, biennial Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award, Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia.
2014-15 National Finalist “Bespoke”, Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House, Canberra, ACT.
2014 “Small Works” Beaver Galleries, Canberra, ACT.
2014 “Petite”, National Finalist, Miniature Textiles, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Wangaratta, Victoria.
2013 “Creating Depth Woven Space” Solo exhibition, Narek Galleries
2012 Fireside Festival focus, Beaver galleries, Canberra, ACT
2012 Jennifer Robertson @ Santa Fe Weaving Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, USA.
2011 “Elements Fibre”, Celebrating 100 years Canberra, CraftACT, Canberra, ACT, Australia.
2011-2013 Sensorial Loop, 1st Tamworth Textile Triennial, toured nationally.
2011 National Finalist, “1st Tamworth Textile Triennial Sensorial Loop, Tamworth Regional Gallery and touring nationally until 2013.
2011 National Finalist, “Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award” Wangaratta Art Gallery, Wangaratta, Victoria.
2010-11 “Of Light and Air” solo exhibition, Narek Galleries, Tanja, NSW.
2010 National finalist, “Petite Miniature Textiles” Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery, Victoria.
2010 “Weaving Air” solo exhibition, Beaver Galleries, Canberra.
2009-10 “Bravura” Art Gallery of South Australia.
2009 Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery, Wangaratta, Victoria.
2009 “Transitions”, National Wool Museum, Geelong, Vic.
2009 “Art Work” ANU SoA Gallery, ANU, Canberra, ACT.
2008-09 “Inspired Design, Entrepreneurial Jacquard Textiles”, Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, North Carolina, USA, touring until end of 2009.

2008-2009 “40 Highlights from the Ararat Regional Art Gallery”, Victoria.

2008 “Texture and Light”, joint exhibition with Christopher Robertson, Narek Galleries, Tanja, NSW

2008 “Threadbare” Manning Regional Gallery, NSW
2008 “Botanicals” Object Gallery for Contemporary Craft and Design, Sydney.

2008 “Freestyle” Design Triennale Museum, Milan, Italy.
2007 Co-curated “lightweight?” Textile exchange exhibitions held at Dunedin Polytechnic, New Zealand and ANU Foyer Gallery, Canberra.
2007 “New Under the Sun” new works for Judaica, Jewish Museum, Sydney and travelling until 2009,
2007 “Smartworks”, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.
2006 “Freestyle” Object and Melbourne Museum travelling until 2008.

2005 “Confluent” with Christopher Robertson, Narek Gallery, Tanja, NSW, and Ararat Regional Gallery, Victoria.
2005 “Visions from the South”, Textiles and Ceramics from ANU and USQ double exchange exhibition. Co-curated with Greg Daly, ANU.
2005 “Design-ed” Australian National University, School of Art Gallery, Canberra.

2004/5 “Miniartextil”, International Miniature Textiles, Como, Italy, Nule, Sardinia and Montrouge, France.
2004 City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania.
2004 “The Space Between”, PICA, Perth, WA
2004 “Collect”, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK “Tripleweave”, Solo exhibition, Craft ACT, Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles, Canada and focus at Livingstone Studio, London, UK.

2002 “From Canberra to Kyoto”, Kyoto Seika University, Japan.

2002 “Trademarks”, Craft ACT, Canberra, ACT
2002 “City of Perth National Craft Award”, Perth, WA.
2002 “Australian Craft”, Mokkumto Gallery, Seoul, Sth Korea.
2001-2002 “Floral Emblems of Australia”, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra.
2002 “City of Perth National Craft Award”, Perth, WA.
2001 “Divergence”, Siam Centre, Bangkok and Chang Mai University, Thailand.

2001 “Double Portion”, Solo exhibition, Craft ACT, Canberra and Craftwest, Perth, WA.
2001 “20th National Craft Acquisition Award”, MAGNT, Darwin, NT.

2000-2002 “Frisson”, 14th Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennial, national tour.
2000-2001 “Loom”, Artlounge Gallery, Adelaide, SA and Craft Victoria, Melbourne.

2000 “Woolly Mantle”, Solo exhibition, Brisbane City Gallery, Brisbane, Qld.

2000 “In Our Hands”, International Miniatures, Nagoya, Japan.
2000 “Domestic Design”, Craft ACT, Canberra.
2000 “Miniatures”, Gallery Gallery, Kyoto, Japan.
2000 “Folding”, Itami Art and Craft Museum, Hyogo pref, Japan.
2000 “Strength to Strength”, Craft ACT, Canberra
1999 Beaver Galleries Christmas Show, Canberra.
1999 “Touching the Landscape”, joint exhibition, Australian National Botanic Gardens Gallery, Canberra.
1999,1998 “Folding”, Dowse Museum, New Zealand and Legislative Assembly, Canberra.

1999 “25th Alice Craft Acquisition Award”, Alice Springs, NT. 1997 University of Woollongong, NSW.
1997 5th International Textile Competition, Kyoto, Japan. 1997 Foyer Gallery, Craft ACT, Canberra.

1997 17th National Craft Acquisition Award, MAGNT, Darwin, NT. 1996 “Gestaltendes Handewerk”, Munich, Germany.
1996 “The Language of Thread”, Art Gallery of Western Australia. 1996 “Folding”, Artshouse Gallery, Perth, WA.

1995 “Vic Health Craft Award”, National Gallery of Victoria.
1995 “Directions”, Contemporary Cloth, Craft ACT, Canberra.
1995 “Woolworks”, Moora, WA and National Wool Museum, Geelong, Victoria. 1994 “Designed and Made”, Craftwest, WA
1994 Hyat Hotel Foyer Gallery, Surabaja, Java, Indonesia.
1994 4th International Textile Competition, Kyoto, Japan.
1993 “Wanneroo Craft Award”, Perth, WA.
1993 “York Art and Craft Award”, York, WA.
1993 Perth Waldorf Craft Award, Perth, WA.
1992 “Textiles and Praxis”, Craftwest, Perth, WA.
1991 “City of Perth Craft Award”, Craftwest, Perth, WA.
1991 “Are You Sitting Comfortably?”, Jamfactory, Adelaide, SA.
1990 “City of Perth Craft Award”, Craftwest, Perth, WA.
1990 “Woolcraft Awards”, Moora, WA.
1989 “Commissions for the King”, joint exhibition, Craftwest, WA.
1989 “City of Perth Craft Award”, Craftwest, Perth, WA.
1988 “Woolcraft Awards”, Moora, WA.
1984 Seven Dials Gallery, London, UK.

Prizes, Grants, Awards

2016 Individual Project Grant, Australia Council for the Arts.

2016 Australian National University Vice Chancellor’s College Artist Fellow
2011 New Work grant, Visual Arts Crafts, Australia Council.
2009 Decree of Excellence, International Biographical Centre, UK.
2009 Award for Best Transformations of Colour, National Wool Museum, Geelong, Victoria.
2005 Export Market Entry Grant, Business ACT, Canberra.
2005 Export Market Development Grant, Austrade

2004/2005 1 year Creative Arts Fellowship, artsACT.
2004 Canberra Critics Circle Award.
2004 Howard Nye Outstanding Award for Hand Weaving, CraftVIc, Melbourne, Victoria.
2004 Australia Council / CraftACT Craft-In-Site grant.
2004 artsACT Travel Grant, Canada and UK
2004 CAPO General Project Grant.
2003 ArtsACT Project funding, residency at Fondazione Lisio, Firenze, Italy.

2001-2003 Australia Council Visual Arts Crafts 2 year Fellowship, VACF, Australia Council.
2001 Canberra Critics Circle Award.
2001 artsACT Quick Response Grant, travel, solo exhibition, Craftwest, Perth, WA.

1999 CAPO General Project Grant.

1998 NS Grant, Australian National University, Canberra.

1996 Project Grant, New Work, Visual Arts Crafts Fund, Australia Council.
1995 WA Department for the Arts, Conferences/Seminars Grant.
1994 Visual Arts Crafts Fund, Australia Council, International Promotions Grant, Japan.
1994 Visual Arts Crafts Fund, Australia Council, Project Development Grant.

1993 Award for Excellence, Perth Waldorf Craft Award, Perth, WA.
1993 Award for Excellence, Wanneroo Craft Award, Perth, WA.
1993 WA Department for the Arts, Conferences/Seminars Grant.
1993 Craftsman of the Year Award, York Art and Craft Award, Perth, WA.
1991 “Prize for Excellence”, City of Perth Craft Award, Perth, WA.
1990 “Prize for Excellence”, City of Perth Craft Award, Perth, WA.
1989 “Highly Commended”, City of Perth Craft award, Perth, WA.
1988 Australian Merino Society Award, Woolcraft Awards, Perth, WA.

1983 “Commendation”, Royal Society of Arts Bursary Competition, London, UK.


2015 Private commission, Sydney.
2005-2006 Velvet Jacquard Prototype Commission, Historic Houses Trust, Government House, Sydney.
2000 Renwick Alliance, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, USA.
1998 Private commission, Seoul, South Korea.
1991 Joint furniture private commission, Perth, Western Australia.
1988 Major Fibre Optic Commission, Museum of Science and Technology, Perth, WA.


Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York, USA
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace, London, UK

Nuno Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
National Gallery of Australia
Art Gallery of Western Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia
Museum and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory.

Ararat Regional Art Gallery, Ararat, Victoria
Wangaratta Art Gallery, Wangaratta, Victoria
Renwick Alliance Collectors, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, USA.

Cleveland Museum Collectors, Ohio, USA.
Oakland Museum Collectors, Oakland, California, USA. Mint Museum Collectors, Charlotte, Nth Carolina, USA

Numerous national and international private collections including,
Canada, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,UK
National – ACT, Queensland, New South Wales, Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia.

Gallery representation

Beaver Galleries, Canberra, ACT Craft ACT, Canberra, ACT

Gunyulgup Galleries, Yallingup, WA

Jam Factory, Adelaide, SA

Planet Furniture, Sydney NSW

Sturt Gallery, Mittagong, NSW

Craft ACT, Canberra, ACT

Australian Design Centre, Sydney, NSW


Development prototype textile designs for production by Australian Mills.

2005-2006 Historic Houses Trust, NSW Government House Sydney, Jacquard Velvet Prototype Commission, Italy.

2006 Silk production, collaboration between Bianchi company, Como, Italy, myself and Fondazione Lisio, Florence, Italy.

2001 Double cloth manufactured by NUNO Corporation, Tokyo, Japan.

Bibliography, Publications 

2020 Journal Article, Winter, UK Spinners and Weavers Guild
2019 Boundless Objects, Fundacao Eugenio de Almeida, Evora, Portugal
2019 CheongJu International Craft Competition Catalogue, Sth Korea
2019 Material Flow Catalogue, Museum in the Park, Stroud, UK
2019 Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award Catalogue, Wangaratta, Victoria 2013 Digital Jacquard Design, J Holyoke, published Bloomsbury, UK
2013 Bega District News, article, March 1st
2010 Canberra Times, weaving air.
2009/10 Who’s Who of International Women.
2008 Jacquard magazine, issue 61
2008 “Inspired Design” Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, NC, USA.
2007 “Smartworks”, Design and the Handmade, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. 2007 Who’s Who of Australian Women.
2006 “Freestyle” Thames and Hudson,UK.
2005 Selvedge magazine, UK May/June issue.
2005 “Two Shades of Excellence”,Sunday Times, Oct16th.
2004 “Canberra Times”, March 12
2004 “Collect”, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK.
2004 “Object” magazine, no 44 p 25.
2002 “Craft Arts International”, magazine, major article, Oct/Nov no56
2002 ABC “Stateline” Television programme, September 13th 2002.
2002 ABC national television programme, “Coast to Coast”, May 19th 2002. 2002 Front Cover, Craft ACT Exhibition programme.
2001 “Double Portion”, David Bromfield, West Australian Newspaper.
2001 ABC television “Snapshot” programme, April.
2001 Articles “Craft Bulletin” magazine, Craft Victoria, volumes 1 and 2, 2001. 2001 Articles, Canberra Times newspaper, March and April.
2001 Front cover, USA “FIBERARTS” promotional brochure.
2000/2001 USA “FIBERARTS” magazine, major article and front cover, Dec/Jan.
2000 “Loom”, Front cover, catalogue and article.

2000 Article, “Object” magazine, no 4-00, p89.
2000 “Craft Arts International”, “Frisson” article, October 2000.
2000 “Canberra Chronicle”, front page, March 28th.
1999 Craft ACT “Profile”, Nov/Dec.
1999 “Muse article”, Dec.
1999 “Muse”, Floriade article, September.
1997 “Masters of Their Craft”, Noris Ioannou, Craftsman House.
1997 “Nouvel Objet II”, Design House Publications, Seoul, Sth Korea. 1995 “Textile Fibre Forum”, magazine, Profile, winter 1995.
1994 Craftwest, “Profile”, Crafts Council of Western Australia.
1994 Video production for SBS television.
1994 ABC television educational programme.
1994 “West Australian Weekend” magazine, Jan 29th.
1991 “International Crafts”, Martina Margetts, Thames and Hudson. 1989 “Interior, Architecture and Design”, Issue 21, YPMA Sydney. 1989 “Modern Australian Furniture”, Michael Bogle, Craftsman Press.

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