Cecilia Heffer is a Senior Lecturer within the Fashion and Textiles program at the University of Technology, Sydney where she combines her teaching with research and art practice. Cecilia gained her Masters in Textiles at London’s Central Saint Martins and has spent a number of years working in leading textile studios both in London and New York. Now based in Sydney Cecilia has shifted her practice from client-based briefs to research and exhibition work, focussing on innovative textile concepts and commissions that explore the integration of the handmade with emerging technologies.
Her commissions include designing the lace curtains for the State Rooms of Government House, Sydney and commissions for the Art Gallery of NSW. She has received a number of awards including research grants for the development of her work from the Visual Arts/Craft Board of the Australia Council of the Arts. Her work is in both private and public collections including Centralne Muzeum Wlokiennictwa, Lodz, Poland, Art Bank, The Powerhouse Museum Sydney, The National Gallery Victoria, Tamworth Regional Gallery, Wangaratta Regional Gallery and the William Dobell Foundation. Her work is exhibited and published regularly nationally and internationally.
Cecilia is the curator for the 2nd Tamworth Textile Triennial, Group Exchange. The Triennial is a key national exhibition providing audiences with an overview of developments in contemporary Textile Art practice. The exhibition will tour national between 2014-2016.