Heidi Lefebvre




emotive properties of textiles

The Seven Synchronicity Quilts 

Hand quilted from clothing and domestic textiles, the seven synchronicity quilts bring together the fond, found and fabled textiles from my wardrobe. 

Each quilt was made responsively and fabric off cuts and scraps became integral to the design sympathies. Shape, colour, character and texture were connecting principles. 

Acausal meaning of the seven synchronicity quilts; warmth everyday of the week, meaning, matter and spirituality.

Hot Dog Hell Dress

Not so happy meal. 

Hot dog hell dress is a suspended unwearable textile sculpture.

Unwearable due to the absence of a hole for the wearers head. Thus hellish. Getting your head stuck in clothing as you try to put it on, is the conceptual manifestation of my recent  experiences. Seriously hungry for more days, weeks, months and years to try and work out how exactly do you push your head through the yoke of complex human and vegetal experiences.  






 I love textiles.I began sewing when I was four. I would spend time in the haven of my grandmas sewing room. She made all her own clothes. My mum got a spinning wheel once we had sheep on the farm. Their wool was dark brown, finely spun and knitted into heavy jumpers that resembled chainmail shirts, vests, beanies and socks. 

Textiles has operated as a homecoming within my practice. I revisit garments over time. The sensations, texture, smell, colour, and the experimental experience of bringing together fabric is exhilarating. The notion of extending and living into a garment or home ware is a personal, social and political action. These soft objects that I wear and touch signify my story, my families stories and our home. 

In our homes or on our person, textiles remind us, protect us, and express our ideas. I am interested in the “make to last” craft philosophy. 




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I create costumes and sculptural forms where colour, texture, cut and fray, all contribute to a sense of character. The cross referencing of imagery, process and material creates a condensed experience. Reworking materials invests my final displays with simultaneous histories. 

Snapping the branches of the Mabinogi  is a sewing project that focuses on the way  folklore becomes  skew-whiff when adapted to contemporary life. Smocks and door curtains ( noren), have been created from bed sheets and old clothes. These materials are reinvented into loose fitting dresses that also can be read as drawings. Images and text are sewn and drawn onto and into the patchworked forms. Colours are bright. I imagine that Iris (Greek goddess of the Rainbow), Rainbow Bright (Goddess of my childhood) and Rhiannon (otherworldly woman who features heavily in branch one and three of the Mabinogi tales), could wear these dresses.

Les Miserables, Kudos Gallery, Sydney 

Courage Chronicles, Australian National Capital Artists , Canberra 

Fundraising Donation for Tributary Projects, Canberra

Doll Experiment

Pepe's New Clothes

Felt, corduroy, clay, gold paint, golden studs, found fabric, bedsheet.

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