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.