VANDERLUGT, Denise

As a full time quilt maker since 1982, her work has been recognized in Australia and overseas.

Denise designs and makes hand stitched pictorial quilts, and working with a variety of appliqué techniques, she has created a method of working called 'Fabriqué - constructed images in fabric'.  As a full time quilt maker since 1982, her work has been recognized in Australia and overseas.

Her studio is in the Whitsundays in North Queensland and the inspirations for her work are the natural surroundings of reef, rainforest, wetlands and open spaces.  She also makes colourful coiled baskets using recycled materials, and has a keen interest in Artists Books, bookbinding, printmaking, painting and collage.  

In 2001, Denise took time away from her quilts to Project Manage Centenary of Federation Celebrations for Queensland with the ‘Whitsunday Sculpture Symposium’ and ‘Coast to Coal Sculptures’.  This involved the Whitsundays and adjoining Shires in the region and left a legacy of sculptures in those communities.

In 2007, Denise published her children's storybook 'Where Rainbows Live' in which she illustrated the story with small quilts and the script embroidered onto linen.  In 2008 the book won two International Awards; a Bronze in the Independent Publisher Book Awards and a Gold Spirit Award in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards.

In 2009, Denise was one of 22 artists accepted for the Strand Ephemera Sculpture Exhibition in Townsville, North Queensland, presenting 105 Rainbow Jellyfish made using her coiling technique and suspended individually on long wires in one big tree on the Esplanade.