Open studio: Brenda Runnegar
Brenda began as a Textile Artist in 1970s whilst living in London and studied at the Stanhope Institute. From 1970 until 1982 she worked as a fibre artist. Brenda gave various workshops and taught courses at the Spinners and Weavers Association, ACT Schools Authority evening courses and the TAFE College. Her work was included in various high profile exhibitions including the 3rd textile triennale art fabric, Lodz, Poland in 1978. She has had three solo exhibitions of her work and was commissioned by the National Capital Authority to execute a major fibre work for the Canberra Hospital. In 2007, Brenda completed a Master of Fine Arts (by research) at Monash University. Since then, brenda has developed her art practice as a multi media artist – painter, printmaker, photographer and more recently, doll making.
At Brenda’s open studio, she will feature prints of my painted portraits of dolls and their pets – dolls with birds, dogs and various fictitious characters. These ‘props’ are used to highlight and emphasise the character and quirky personalities of the dolls and add to their emotional value by providing them with friends in strange juxtapositions who sometimes seem uncomfortable in their surroundings. The work for sale at her open studio will include prints (framed and unframed), greeting cards and a new collection of hand-made dolls. The theme of care will be evident in the hand-made nature of the dolls – all hand stitched with the use of recycled fabrics and items from my grandmother’s doily collection. Brenda’s studio is situated in her backyard in Hawker – opposite the Primary School. The studio is a timber Yurt built in 2006.