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Opting Out by Maria Cook

Maria Cook

Opting Out

Cotton, linen, silk
70cm x 34cm

Online:; Instagram: apiecefullife

>> Maria Cook is a Ballarat textile artist whose work examines textile traditions, translating the traditional into contemporary textiles with stitch.

More recently working with discarded materials, she layers and patches fragments together, combining them with machine and hand stitch – a slow and thoughtful creative process.

Regularly showing in group and solo exhibitions and juried into international shows, her work is held in private collections both in Australia and overseas.

Maria teaches locally and takes specialised workshops on a regular basis.



by Melissa Watts

Neat conformity, tightly stitched. A
conveyor belt catwalk asks,
‘Where are the men who told us,
To dress for each season, occasion, day?’


Recycled and diminutive, this
contrasting beauty asks,
‘Is there a better way,
For small people with small steps?’

Listen to Melissa’s poem:

>> Melissa is a Ballarat-based writer. She has published poetry and short stories and is currently completing a novel as part of a PhD researching the role of female cartographers in World War II.

Online:, Twitter: @MelissaAWatts


A poster by Abbey Thompson for text by Melissa Watts

A poster by Abbey Thompson for text by Melissa Watts