Trudi Pollard (Pollarddesigns)

Biography

Trudi Pollard is seen as a pioneer and foremost expert on Western Australian natural dyes. Trudi has been working, studying, lecturing and teaching in the areas of textile arts and ceramics in more than 30 years of creative practice. Her work has a strong focus on colour from the earth’s minerals and plants using designs and techniques that reflect both primitive and contemporary art. She observes insects, shells, fish, flowers, and stones with particular interest in their intricate patterns, colours and detail. With her background in ceramics and specialties in glaze technology and natural dyeing, she is fascinated by the combination of natural dyeing, flora and geological make-up, along with an area’s history and the underpinning anthropological story behind nature's rich visual tapestry, which provides her with never-ending creative inspiration.

Solo Exhibitions

2013
Genesis Gallery WA - ‘Montage 2’

Genesis Gallery WA - ‘Montage 2’

2011
Genesis Gallery WA - ‘Montage’

Genesis Gallery WA - ‘Montage’

2011
International Symposium and Exhibition of Natural Dyes. Paris, France

International Symposium and Exhibition of Natural Dyes. Paris, France

2009
Aspects of Kings Park – Solo Feature Artist for Spring Festival 2009

Aspects of Kings Park – Solo Feature Artist for Spring Festival 2009

2009
International Colour Conference. Sydney Australia

International Colour Conference. Sydney Australia

2006
Fremantle Art Centre - 'Earth Treasure Project'

Fremantle Art Centre - 'Earth Treasure Project'

2000
Canning Art Centre

Canning Art Centre

1999
Water Way Gallery

Water Way Gallery

1998
New Collectables

New Collectables

1997
Inside Out Design

Inside Out Design

1996
Guildford Pottery Village

Guildford Pottery Village

1995
Guildford Pottery Village

Guildford Pottery Village

1994
Gallery ‘Old Bakery on Eighth' Maylands.

Gallery ‘Old Bakery on Eighth' Maylands.

Group Exhibitions

2014
Cossack Art Award WA

Cossack Art Award WA

2013
Western Australia Fibre and Textile Assoc. (WAFTA) Exhibition. Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery. Fremantle, Western Australia.

Western Australia Fibre and Textile Assoc. (WAFTA) Exhibition. Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery. Fremantle, Western Australia.

2011
Western Australia Fibre and Textile Assoc. (WAFTA) Exhibition. Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery. Fremantle, Western Australia.

Western Australia Fibre and Textile Assoc. (WAFTA) Exhibition. Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery. Fremantle, Western Australia.

2011
International Symposium and Exhibition of Natural Dyes. Paris, France

International Symposium and Exhibition of Natural Dyes. Paris, France

2011
Re: a prefix ‘Textile Exchange Project’ Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art in Kobe. Japan

Re: a prefix ‘Textile Exchange Project’ Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art in Kobe. Japan

2011
Re: a prefix ‘Textile Exchange Project’ Western Australian Museum

Re: a prefix ‘Textile Exchange Project’ Western Australian Museum

2011
Environmental Art Award – Conservation Council WA

Environmental Art Award – Conservation Council WA

2009
WAFTA Naturally. Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery. Fremantle, Western Australia.

WAFTA Naturally. Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery. Fremantle, Western Australia.

2008
Australian Naturally. French American Academy of Arts. Paris, France. Travelling Exhibition around Australia (2008 to current)

Australian Naturally. French American Academy of Arts. Paris, France. Travelling Exhibition around Australia (2008 to current)

2007
Sculpture in the Park – Piney Lakes, Western Australia

Sculpture in the Park – Piney Lakes, Western Australia

2007
Mundaring Art Centre – Glass and Textiles

Mundaring Art Centre – Glass and Textiles

2004
Old Bakery on 8th – World Textile Conference – Wearable Art Exhibition

Old Bakery on 8th – World Textile Conference – Wearable Art Exhibition

2004
The Space Between Spirit of Freedom - Heathcote Gallery

The Space Between Spirit of Freedom - Heathcote Gallery

2004
Ancient Textile Arts – Red Exhibition – Fremantle Art Centre

Ancient Textile Arts – Red Exhibition – Fremantle Art Centre

2004
Artopia

Artopia

2003
Difficult and Desperate Times at Fremantle Arts Centre

Difficult and Desperate Times at Fremantle Arts Centre

2002
Ancient T’arts at Fremantle Arts Centre

Ancient T’arts at Fremantle Arts Centre

2001
Ancient T’arts at Fremantle Arts Centre

Ancient T’arts at Fremantle Arts Centre

1986
Perth Craft Awards

Perth Craft Awards

Awards

2014
Minnawarra Art Award - Highly Commended

Minnawarra Art Award - Highly Commended

2011
Life Member Awarded - Western Australian Fibre and Textile Assoc

Life Member Awarded - Western Australian Fibre and Textile Assoc

2008
Gosnells Art Award - First Prize overall

Gosnells Art Award - First Prize overall

2003
Minnawarra Festival Art Award: Acquisition Award

Minnawarra Festival Art Award: Acquisition Award

2002
Rotary Club of Armadale: Outstanding Art Performance

Rotary Club of Armadale: Outstanding Art Performance

2001
Canning Art Award: Highly Commended

Canning Art Award: Highly Commended

2000
Wrapping up the New Millennium: second prize (National Wool Blanket Award)

Wrapping up the New Millennium: second prize (National Wool Blanket Award)

1998
Minnawarra Festival Art Award: Highly Commended

Minnawarra Festival Art Award: Highly Commended

1997
Canning Art Group – awarded Life Member

Canning Art Group – awarded Life Member

1997
Canning Art Award: Certificate of Merit

Canning Art Award: Certificate of Merit

Commissions

2010 - 2012
Natural Dye Project - Noongar Community. Gnowangerup, WA.

2006
Tom Price Natural Dye Project - Indigenous community workshops - (Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation - Tom Price)

2006
Natural Dye Workshops – Denmark, Bridgetown and Kalgoorlie

2004
Artopia - Community Project Armadale City Council Street Festival

Residencies

2012
Artist in Residence Minnawarra House, Armadale WA. 2012 - current.

Artist in Residence Minnawarra House, Armadale WA. 2012 - current.

2005
Artist in residence - Minnawarra House. 2005-2008.

Artist in residence - Minnawarra House. 2005-2008.

Artist Statement

My art practice has a strong focus on obtaining colour from the earth’s minerals and plants using designs and techniques that reflect both primitive and contemporary art. I have always observed insects, shells, fish, flowers, and stones with particular interest in their intricate patterns and colours. I have always been fascinated by the detail of nature.