About me




It’s time for an update. Lots has happened since I penned the bio below when I started this blog in 2013.  For a start I got older-looking. See image above.


Margaret Ford Photography by Josh Wells

Margaret Ford Photography by Josh Wells










After many years of “playing” and the accumulation of a lot of techniques as well as the ubiquitous large stash,  I have resolved to have a go at producing some real textile art.  I have no art training but lots of great friends and fellow members of textile organisations such as WAFTA, WAQA, SAQA, FeltWEST, the Surface Design Association, etc., to be inspired by.

In particular, three friends and I have recently formed MELD to work towards a group exhibition in 2014.  MELD stands for Margaret, Elizabeth, Louise and Julie (Devereux). Our resolve to provide mutual support is what’s pushing me to achieve my 2013 goals.

With a background in biological science and a long career in public administration I feel ill-equipped to become an artist, but, hey, isn’t that what late-life crises are about? *****

*****Success is the child of audacity. Benjamin Disraeli

While I’m into clever quotes I’m hoping that this one from Horace (the poet and satirist one not the knitted one)*** does not apply too often to my work!

Parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus : The mountain laboured and gave birth to a ridiculous mouse (Horace, 65-8BC)

***see my first blog in Dec 2012.


2 Responses to About me

  1. Fiona Strahan says:

    Hello Margaret
    I came across this blog searching for dye/mordants from casuarina nuts.
    I have some soaking in a jar of water, they are very pretty.

    Anyway, I’m fascinated by both your dyeing and sewing.

    I’m relatively new to eco-printing, and have learnt much from Nicola Brown and India Flint.

    At present I’m using dirty pot and about to start steaming as winter has arrived in tasmania.

    It’s wonderful to see what others are doing.


    • Margaret Ford says:

      Happy journeys Fiona! I should do more but have taken a back seat on natural dyeing lately as I’ve been trying to use up all the dyed and printed fabric I have. I’m making quilts and book covers and even using some of the fabrics to line my recycled paper bags that I scrunch up and turn into book covers. Must blog that soon!

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