National Gallery of Victoria - Australian Fashion & Textiles
Antique Lace 3
cotton, printed cotton, cotton-polyester thread
14.5 x 16cm
Purchased, Victorian Foundation for Living Artists 2011, Australian Fashion & Textiles Collection, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Photography by Paul Pavlou
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Cecilia Heffer combines academic teaching with research and an experimental art practice. Born in Chile in 1963, Heffer arrived in Australia with her family in 1971. Her work focuses in innovative textile concepts and commissions that explore the integration of the handmade with emerging technologies. Her current practice melds tradition with technology, drawing on traditional lace as a resource for contemporary textile design.
With close to 8,500 works the National Gallery of Victoria’s Fashion and Textiles department actively acquires, researches and exhibits historical and contemporary fashion and textiles.
The Australian holdings encompass the work of 19th century dressmakers and tailors to 21st century retailers and designers alongside contemporary textile artists, milliners and shoemakers. The collection is Australia-wide but has a strong Melbourne focus.
Covering a broad spectrum of craft traditions and practices including quilting, embroidery, weaving, patchwork, crochet, knitting, screen printing and ikat, the Australian collection celebrates the richness of our local design heritage by engaging with the distinctive and innovative approaches adopted by Australian textile artists past and present. Highlights include several 19th century quilts, modernist textiles by Frances Burke and the late-1980s screen-printed designs of Sara Thorn, Matthew Flinn and Gavin Brown.
Recent contemporary acquisitions represent a plethora of new approaches to traditional crafts and materials, and include lacework by Cecilia Heffer, needlepoint tapestries by Michelle Hamer and three-dimensional woven sculptures by Lucy Irvine.
The NGV’s holdings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander textiles from Ernabella, Fregon, Utopia, Yuendumu and Kintore are considered the most comprehensive in the country.