Studying sculpture and printmaking at the National Art School in Sydney during the 70s, Vivien's prints and timber sculptures were informed by nature and landscape. After graduating she was awarded a Visual Arts Board Grant to exhibit with the Sculpture Society, Sydney.
Taken by the Japanese aesthetic and interpretation of nature, Vivien developed her own visual language through a variety of techniques. Carving woodblocks, painting, hand printing, mark making and a particular way of dyeing she created a distinctive body of work including scarves, textiles and collages. The layers of printed forms, sgraffito, textures and muted colours encapsulate the essence of the natural world.
Selling into craft galleries, select stores and developing a loyal clientele
her textiles are also included in public collections in Australia. Vivien has exhibited in both solo and selected group exhibitions in galleries and museums around Australia and overseas.
Inspired by the prospect of developing her distinctive textiles further Vivien had been considering digital textile printing. With the knowledge that her printmaking techniques could now be reproduced in a bespoke manner within Australia, she approached Think Positive Prints, where Emilie Cacace’s expertise facilitates Vivien’s singular visual language and textile design practice. This technology has allowed her work to develop in unexpected ways. The macro scale of the block prints makes for striking contemporary compositions, muted colours, textures and layers that are rendered by hand can be revived, accentuated and lose little definition. The shift in scale and complexity is realised in these refined and elegant collections, larger commissions and exhibition work.