About Eileen Campbell
I worked as a Primary School teacher for a total of 22 years. I took up quilting and patchwork in 1984, and my work is often exhibited in quilt shows. I have worked full time as a textile artist since 1993, and I have been greatly supported by my partner, Ernie.
My mother, a painter who loved to decorate pottery with scenes from nature, had a tremendous influence on my approach to arts and craft. She conveyed a great love of the natural world, and she encouraged my interests in sewing and weaving. I have since explored related textile crafts, fabric printing, pottery, bookbinding, calligraphy and photography. I started quilting in the usual way, with formal designs, but through trial and error I have established my own style. I now specialize in machine work using applique, embroidery and quilting techniques.
My designs usually incorporate flora and fauna whether from nature or imagination. The work is often embellished with beads, braids etc. I often use machine quilting to echo the appliqued designs.
I have exhibited in Australia and Overseas and have been fortunate to win a number of awards. For me, some of the highlights have been:
I have taught numerous classes in textile arts over the years.
I have written four books:
I have also made videos on techniques, and I have designed applique patterns for sale.
I am a member of the following groups, which I recommend for their support of anyone with a passion for quilting.