Awards & Nominations
2022: – Finalist, ‘Australian Textile Art Award’, March 25- April 10 EGV Melbourne
2022: – Finalist,‘Gallery M Contemporary Art Prize’, , Aug. 5 -28
2021: – Finalist ‘Adelaide Parklands Art Prize’
2021: – Finalist, ‘Australian Fibre Art Award’, Gallery76 Queen St, Sydney
2021: – Finalist ‘Open Contemporary Art Prize’, Gallery M Adelaide Aug 7-29
2021: – Finalist ‘Kennedy / RSASA Portrait Art Prizee’, RSASA Gallery Adelaide June 25-July 17
2020: – Finalist ‘Adelaide Park Lands Art Prize’, QBE Gallery Adelaide Apr 2-May 31
2019: – Runner up ‘Open Contemporary Art Prize’ – Gallery M
2018: – Finalist Highly commended ‘Characters of the Fleurieu’, May 6-June 3
2017: – Finalist ‘SALA /RSASA Portrait Prize’, RSASA Gallery Jul 30-Aug 27
2016: – Finalist ‘Authentic Adelaide’ Adelaide Town Hall Dec1-Jan 15 2017
2016: – Finalist “Petite Textiles”, Wangaratta Art Gallery Jun 4- Jul 17
2016: – Finalist ‘Fleurieu Food + Wine Art Prize ‘, McLaren Vale Jun 4-Jul 29
2015: – Finalist ‘RSASA Portrait Prize’, June 28-July 26. RSASA
2014: – Finalist ‘Petite Textiles’, Wangaratta Art Gallery June 14- July 27
2014: – Finalist ‘Solar Art Prize’, RSASA North Tce. Adelaide Mar 23 –April 20
2011: – Winner “Bernina National Textile Tattoo” —
2011: – Winner “SALA on Hutt”, Lalla on Hutt
2011: – Peoples’ Choice Winner “SALA on Hutt”, Lalla on Hutt
2010: – Peoples’ Choice Winner “SALA on Hutt”, Lalla on Hutt
2009: – National Australasian Creative Challenge –Finalist– This piece of Machine embroidery titled 8 Aussie Icons was taken on a world exhibition tour and an article about its creation has been published in the book Galleria of Machine Artistry and Quilting.
1996: – Dreamtime 96 National Billy Can Award– Winner– This was a national competition open to all art forms and sponsored by Qantas, The Australia Council and Tourism Australia to promote Australia, its art and tourism internationally.
1995: -Bernina International Calendar Competition Winner
Frequently Asked Questions
As a self-taught embroiderer, Cheryl has developed her own techniques with many years of experience and sharing. Feel free to contact Cheryl at any time.
Q: Are computers involved?
Q: Do you draw or paint on the canvas when doing FAFME ?
Q: How long does it take to complete a piece?
Up to 400 Hours.
Q: What happens when you make mistakes?
I don’t make mistakes!
Q: Do you draw your designs first?
Yes, but on a piece of paper which I put next to the sewing machine. I am a proficient painter and drawer.
Q: Is it a special sewing machine?
No, but I prefer a Bernina.
Q: Do you give lessons?
Yes, I have taught in USA, UK and throughout Australasia, contact me for details.
Q: Do you use cameras or photography?
No and I don’t use computers either.
Q: Are your images original?
Yes, they come from my dreams and people I meet and nature , they are copyright
Q: Where do your faces come from?
Real people and dreams, I have just finished embroidering portraits of a family..
Q: Who taught you?
I am formally trained as a fine artist but I have self taught myself machine embroidery.
Q: When did you start?
Before I started primary school I used to draw cartoons on my dolls cloths with my grandmother’s sewing machine.
Q: How many coloured threads do you use?
Not as many as I used to. I now use optical mixing in the tradition of Impressionist Artists like Monet and Seurat.
Q: Do you practice other art forms?
My whole life is art, I draw all my work first, I paint, and I make one off exclusive museum pieces of wearable art.
Q: Which art form do you prefer?
I find the detail I can achieve with machine embroidery is so fine that this makes this my favourite medium.
Q: What is the correct name for this art-form?
FAFME or Fine Art Freehand Machine Embroidery. It has also been called Free Machine Embroidery, Freestyle Machine Embroidery, Freehand Machine Embroidery, Machine Embroidery and Thread Painting
Q: Do you embroider clothes?
Yes, as a matter of fact, I do not own any clothes that I have not made, and I embellish them all. I am active in the worldwide Wearable Art Movement.
Q: Can I see your work?
Yes, at Beltana Gallery by appointment
Q: Has your artwork changed over time?
Yes I continue to experiment and love a challenge I am now embroidering on paper.
Q: Which artists inspire you?
The old masters, the risk takers, those who strove for excellence. Matisse Picasso, Klimt, Klee, Dali, Blake & Turner: their colour, originality, imagery, passion and they broke new ground. They were willing risk-takers individuals, leaders, free to experiment even when criticized.
Q: How important is your art?
My art is me, personal, colourful, and my passion. I live each day to create the art on the wall and the art that I wear. Creating encourages me to think about possibilities – to ask- what if?
Q: What makes me happiest?
Following my dreams!!
Q: Do I have an audience in mind when I am creating?
No! I love to create what I want, I create for me, to express my dreams.
Q: What is your biggest artistic achievement?
Winning an Austraia wide art competition sponsored by Tourism Australia and The Arts Council open to any art form! Proving that machine embroidery is part of the main stream art form.
Q: Are you a full-time Artist?
Yes I create all the time, I frequently are so engrossed I forget meals.
Q: Do you paint or embroider animals ?
Yes I am a member of The Royal Zoological Society and my inspiration comes from my life drawing of animals on location. I have just done a new body of work which is predominantly animals. This was exhibited at a solo exhibition at The Adelaide Zoo.
Q: Are you on Instagram & Facebook?
Yes, I tend to post more often on Instagram
What makes you happy?
Creating experimenting and seeing people enjoy my work I love making people happy.
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Education & Collaborations
Education & Memberships
Advanced Diploma of Fine Art (SA School of Art)
Bachelor of Education Adelaide College of Arts and Education
Diploma of Teaching Secondary Art
Accredited Member of Guildhouse
Member Society of Embroidered Works UK
Fellow Royal SA Society of Arts
Member Contemporary Collectors Art Gallery SA
2020: – ‘Nomenclatures’ Troy Anthony Bayliss AGSA
2011: – ‘ATW” film Cheryl’s wearable Art National Cartoon Gallery, Coffs Harbour, NSW
2000: – Aesop’s Fables Masks Victorian State Opera Vic.