Portrait of Liz Williamson

Portrait of Liz Williamson by Angus Lee Forbes, commissioned by Australian Design Centre for the exhibition 'Obsessed: compelled to make'. 2018


Liz Williamson is a weaver and academic who has been creating since the late 1970’s and is still fascinated with the process and potential of interlacing two sets of threads on a loom. At the heart of her weaving is an interest in innovative, experimental and unusual designs created at the loom.

Her national and international profile includes her practise, teaching, curating, mentoring and since 2001, engaging with artisan’s groups in Asian and from 2012 organizing Cultural Textiles courses and tours in India. She is the recipient of grants and awards and has undertaken several research residencies.

Liz has over 30 years exhibiting nationally and internationally, and her work is in major public collections in Australia including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia and the Museum of Applied Arts & Science, Sydney, with several international museum acquisitions and wearable pieces worn and loved by thousands.

Williamson has been involved in education for over 30 years combining her teaching with research and art practice. In 1997 she established textiles at UNSW and was Head of the Design School form 2008 to 2013. From 2021 she will continue with postgraduate research candidates as Honorary Associate Professor at UNSW Art & Design. She lives and works on Gadigal and Wangal lands in the inner west of Sydney, part of the Eora nation.