Over the last 30 years Jennifer Robertson has been developing innovative handwoven textile structures, patterns and textures, which are used for special, luxury textile products and projects.
Jennifer trained at West Surrey College of Art and Design, England, followed by Post Graduate studies at the Royal College of Art. After relocating to Australia in 1986, Jennifer established a studio firstly in Fremantle, Western Australia, relocating to the capital city Canberra in 1997.
During this time a unique, purpose built loom, able to sample and produce contemporary, unique hand woven fabrics, was developed and built with funding from the Australia Council.
The first collection of textiles promoting Australian fine merino wool in doublecloth – two layers are woven simultaneously on the loom, was launched in 1999. Since that time Jennifer has continued to develop complex and innovative textile constructions such as triplecloths, quadruplecloths, 3D gauze, small 3D works and Jacquards.
Fascinated by the complex blend of artistry and math and the dizzying creative potential which weaving encapsulates, being a great colourist and loving the contrast of black and white, inspired by surrounding nature and the best of historical and contemporary textiles, her passion is to create innovative and artistic cloth, to push the boundaries of tradition and convention with a particular desire to promote Australian fine merino wool.
The recipient of two major Fellowships and numerous Awards and grants, alongside many international exhibtions, research projects, talks and residencies, Jennifer is acknowleged internationally not only as a pioneer but also as a world expert in weaving. Her signature textiles have become contemporary collectable classics.