Meet the maker: Jennifer Robertson


Jennifer Robertson is a woven textiles artist who blends the comforts of cloths with the complexity of mathematical design. Her innovative textiles are an ode to the poetics found in the movements of thread.

Robertson is fascinated in exploring visual motifs from the natural environment, botanical forms, and earth science in her work. Much of her practice is informed by thematic research into these areas, exploring the convergence between the world around us and our capacity to respond materially. She communicates these ideas through the woven metaphor and analogies into her works.

Her practice is grounded by the materiality of the textile medium and the breadth of technical development that can be pursued in this area. Robertson’s work involves the soft engineering of threads and fibres, to create multilayered structures that are imbued with unique sensorial characteristics. She has truly extended the capacity of her medium through dedicating herself to practice-led research.

From her studio in Canberra, Robertson uses her purpose-built digital hand-loom to create a dynamic array of work from textiles for fashion to interior design and conceptual sculptures.  Robertson’s works for wear such as her cloth wraps, and scarves are a thoughtful means of incorporating pieces of innovative design into your everyday.

Roberton’s innovative practice has been recognised on both a national and international scale. Robertson’s works are held in collections worldwide. During Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Australia in 2000, Robertson was selected to present the Queen with a piece of work for her private collection on behalf of the ACT Government.

View work by this incredible maker in the Thanks mum collection.  

Image: Jennifer Robertson, Gondwana plant fossil scarfMaterial: fine merino wool, silk. Price: $528. Photo: Lean Timms