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