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Jude Taylor used her love of wildflowers to feed her creativity...
now she’s creating beautiful fabrics out of Bali
WORDS Victoria Laurie PHOTOGRAPHY Stef King
rowing up in Perth in the 1950s,
Jude Taylor was a free spirit; like
many children in a still-small
city, she spent days roaming
the patches of bushland over her backyard
fence. The hardy, but delicate, nature of the
Australian bush has stayed with her and
shaped her artistic obsessions.
Her vivid fabrics reveal rhythmic
patterns created by flower forms – black
stems of yellow kangaroo paw or puffball
blossoms of pincushion hakea. Every West
Australian woman has a connection with
our native flowers, she says, and there’s
unbelievable diversity. “My wildflowers
are a celebration of the feminine,” she says.
Following brief careers in teaching
and running a coffee shop (“as children
we weren’t expected to be creative... you
had to get a serious job”), Jude travelled
overseas before settling down into married
life in Perth. Raising four babies with a
truck-driving partner who worked away
left Jude feeling lacking in something.
“I need to create,” she says. “Although
I’d created my children – and that was
great – I was always giving out but wasn’t
getting anything back.” She began drawing
and making lino cuts, still-life works with
bright hand-painted sections in severe
black borders. “I was living in chaos, and
I was creating beautiful things,” she says.
Sculpture gallery owners Ron and
Terrie Gomboc helped her produce her
first show in 1990, which was was followed
by a solo exhibition at Holdsworth Gallery
ABOVE Jude with some of her beautiful vividly patterned
fabrics. ABOVE right Cutting a pattern into lino ready
for printing onto the fabric.
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