Amanda Ho

Bio

Amanda Ho is a Melbourne based weaver. Born in Melbourne and spending part of her childhood in Hong Kong, she draws on the duality of her heritage to influence her practice.

She started weaving while studying textile design at RMIT University and continued to develop her craft while working as an architect.

After further studies in Japan, she began to refocus her practice from architecture to weaving, starting the weavers’ workroom and transitioning to weaving full time in 2015. With over 20 years of experience in architecture, her interest in design, materials, patterns and structures continues to be reflected in her work.

Inspired by Yoshiko Wada’s lecture on Slow Fibre: the idea around the understanding of materials in order to create something special, Amanda’s work explores the notion that in understanding the property of different fibres, how they behave on their own and their interaction with each other, it is then possible to manipulate them with calculated expectations.

Her pieces are woven, using traditional techniques and equipment, in a contemporary approach for both exhibitions and unique wearable pieces.

www.instagram.com/theweaversworkroom


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Exhibitions

2016     Petite, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Wangaratta, Victoria

2015     Tactile, Wodonga Art Space, Wodonga, Victoria

2015     Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Wangaratta, Victoria

2014     Petite, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Wangaratta, Victoria

2013     Graduate exhibition, Kawashima Textile School, Kyoto, Japan

2013     Small Works exhibition, Brunswick Street Gallery, Brunswick, Victoria

2012     Scarf Festival ‘the journey’, the National Wool Museum, Geelong, Victoria

2012     Petite, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Wangaratta, Victoria

2012     Beechworth Fabric and Fibre Award, Old School House gallery, Beechworth, Victoria

2009     In Bloom, First Site Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria

Awards

2008, 2011, 2015     Royal Melbourne Show: Craft spinning & weaving: woven article: First prize

2011, 2015      Royal Melbourne Show: Craft spinning & weaving: Best Exhibit: Spinning & weaving

Education

2016     2-day tapestry workshop with Tim Gresham, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Victoria

2016     5-day Liz Williamson Contemporary Double Weave Masterclass, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Wangaratta, Victoria

2015     3-day Natural dye and 3-day yarns/fibres workshops with Aboubakar Fofana, Melbourne, Victoria

2005-2010     Diploma of Studio Textile Design (part-time, incomplete), RMIT University, Victoria

1986-1992     Bachelor of Planning and Design, Hons, Bachelor of Architecture, Hons, Melbourne University, Victoria

Residencies

2014     2-week course in Applied Kasuri I, Kawashima Textile School, Kyoto, Japan

2013     2-week course in Foundation Kasuri, Kawashima Textile School, Kyoto, Japan

2013     3-day contemporary Japanese weaving workshop, Saori no Mori Studio, Osaka, Japan

2010     5-day contemporary Japanese weaving workshop; including Hand Weaving Skills Testing Association Grade 3 certificate Saori no Mori Studio, Osaka, Japan

Teaching experience

2016     Frame loom weaving for beginners, Handmakers’ Factory, Seddon, Victoria

2015     Introduction to Freestyle weaving; and Introduction to weft Kasuri workshops, The Weavers’ Workroom, Melbourne, Victoria

Collections

Plant mineral; Plant mineral animal i; Plant mineral animal ii, Wangaratta Art Gallery, Wangaratta, Victoria