Emma Peters, Textiles

Emma Peters is a textile artist, writer, researcher and educator with extensive experience in the textile design industry. She is passionate about making creativity accessible; building creative communities; and supporting others to integrate a creative practice into their lives through events and workshops.

Emma’s textile practice and research considers our relationship with material culture in terms of narrative, identity, memory, place and connection. She is interested in the tangible relationships we have with textiles, and the ways in which we interact and express ourselves in the world through colour, pattern and texture. Materials and technology are challenged and integrated to exploit their potential as evocative, emotionally durable and sustainable tools for creating textiles.

Since working as a commercial textile designer with several of Australia’s leading homeware brands, Emma has been awarded a Master of Design, published research, exhibited as a solo artist, taught as a sessional academic at Art & Design, UNSW & UTS and is a founding member of the Seed Stitch Collective, a textile group focused on elevating fibre as an art form and creating new opportunities for the textile community in Australia.



MASTER OF DESIGN (HONOURS), UNSWCompleted: 2016APA Recipient.



Sydney Textile What’s On Newsletter (Current)

Founding Member, Seed Stitch Collective. (2016 - Current)

Tutor, Mentor & Lecturer (Sessional), Art & Design, UNSW. (2003-5, 2006 - Current)

Sustainable Textile Lecturer, Master of Design, UTS. (2017 - 18)

Textile Mentor to Established Artists (2017 - Current)

Tutor, Nura Gili Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme, UNSW. (2017-Current)

Guest Lecturer and Tutor, DAB, UTS. (2004, 2015)

Freelance Textile Designer, Sheridan Australia, Sydney. (2013-14)

Textile Designer, Sheridan Australia. (2004, 2006 - 12)

Textile Designer, Kas Australia. (2005)

Production & Retail Assistant, Cloth Fabrics, Sydney. (2003-4)


Co-organiser of Seed Stitch Contemporary Textile Awards for Sydney Craft Week at the Australian Design Centre.

Host of Designers Discuss Japanese Textiles And Natural Dye, an interview with Takarajima Senkou’s founding director Chiharu Ohgomori and artist Mana Yoshida for Sydney Craft Week at The Japan Foundation.

Ebb & Flow, a series of works commissioned by curator Liz Williamson for Local Colour: experiments in nature at UNSW Galleries.

Workshop facilitator of Botanical Patterning: Introduction to designing for Gallery Lane Cove during Sydney Craft Week.

Co-facilitator and co-host of Textile Tactics: Speculate, Debate, Make Workshop and Panel Discussion for Sydney Design Week at UNSW Art & Design.


2018 Local Colour: experiments in nature, UNSW Galleries.

Petite Miniature Textiles, Wangaratta.

Handle with Care group show, North Melbourne Meat Market.

2017 Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award 2017, Finalist

Materiality, Town Hall Gallery, Melbourne.

RPA Arterie Artist in Residence.

Seed Stitch Collective Group Show, TAP Gallery.

Seed Stitch Collective: Wonderment group show, GAFFA Gallery.

2016 Seed Stitch Collective: Light group show, Barometer Gallery.

Mnemonic Textiles solo show, Barometer Gallery.

Seed Stitch Inaugural Contemporary Textile Exhibition, Warringah Creative Space.

2015 Labours of Love: Australian Quilts 1845 - 2015, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery


Featured Article: ‘Mnemonic Textiles’ by Emma Peters, Textile Fibre Forum, Issue 125, March 2017, pages 44 - 46.

Interview: Lee, A., 2017, Interview with Emma Peters, Close Knit Podcast. Available at: <www.closeknit.com.au/podcast/episode28>

Commissioned Writing: 'Tracey Deep: Under The Sea' [2017] Textile Fibre Forum #128 ‘Mnemonic Textiles’, {2017] Textile Fibre Forum. #125,

Peer Reviewed Journal: ‘Mnemonic Textiles: Sustainin,g Life-Long Attachment’ [2014] Craft + Design Enquiry, ANU, Canberra.

Catalogue: Mitchell, Louise & Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre (2015). Labours of love : Australian quilts 1845-2015. Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre, Gymea, N.S.W, p57.