FIBRE ARTIST, 42 This NSW Southern Highlands-based artist ease believes believe sin dressing mind fully and with ease.
What influences you as an artist? The rural landscape and it’s colours, my craft education and time spent in Indigenous communities — I want to continue to collaborate with other cultures, using craft as a means to preserve communities and connect people to place. Is fashion an interest for you? Ethically, I am actually quite anti-fashion, but clothing choices say so much about what you believe in and how you approach life. As a busy working mother, it has to be about ease and comfort. When I do dress up, I like to keep it fun and a bit edgy. Whenever I have a wardrobe crisis, my husband Mat says, “Just dress like a fruity artist!” What are your spring essentials? Simple boxy linen T-shirts made by one of my students, Kasey Lockwood, of Clear Skies Creative — I sell these in my Moss Vale studio, Green Bridge Studios, along with fair trade clay and wood jewellery from Woodfolk. I’ll partner these with sailor pants and Birkentocks. What about accessories? Australian jewellery designer Elke Kramer does incredible things with resin. I also made myself two bangles in a resin jewellery workshop — they make a great clinking sound while I am weaving — and like all good bohemians, I have a zillion scarves. What do you admire in other artists? In terms of personal style, I admire strong women who use their art to express their indivuality. At home, we have work by my aunt Gail English, Noreena Ashley and Zoe Young. I think our next purchase will be a painting by my cousin Matilda Dumas. (I hope she reads this!) Favourite beauty brands? It’s all pretty pure and simple. My daughter Clementine and I both had eczema until we switched to natural products. My friend Harriet Turnnidge hand makes the most beautiful soap, Aedel. I just bought some BB cream from La Mav and I only ever use Natio Antioxidant Lip Shine. Who has been your biggest style influence? My mother (the kids call her Sparkles) has great style, as did both my grandmothers — classic, earthy and, occasionally, exotic. What are you working on now? I’m really excited about agri(culture), a project with the Wiradjuri people from the Riverina. This is where I grew up, so I’m looking forward to it. > For more information about Harriet and Green Bridge Studios, visit harrietgoodall.com