RASV is pleased to announce the following 2018 Royal Melbourne Show Art, Craft and Cookery judging panel:

Wendy Golden – Basketry

Based on traditional basketry techniques Wendy’s practice encompasses installations, exhibition work, commissions and writing. Extending and pushing the boundaries of sculptural basketry and maintaining a high degree of technical skill while exploring issues of interest are hallmarks of her work which include such diverse projects Artist in Residence (Grampians Texture 2017), Lemur Island enclosure at Melbourne Zoo (2013) and a solo exhibition at Ararat Regional Gallery (2012)

Beck Jobson - Weaving and Creative Challenges

Beck Jobson is textile-based artist whose work is characterized by graphic mark making and vibrant colour, in both woven and printed textiles. She works as a designer, maker and teacher investigating materiality and adornment. Originally completing a Bachelor of Design in Textiles from RMIT, Beck has worked in publishing, fashion, craft, and design industries, most recently holding senior positions at Craft Victoria, and currently as Manager Operations/Studio at the Australian Tapestry Workshop. She is co-founder of Handmadelife, and co-author of The Craft Companion (Thames and Hudson 2015).

Deborah Klein Art - Open and JR

Deborah Klein is an accomplished artist, printmaker and teacher with over 30 years’ experience. She gained degree and post degree qualifications from Chisholm Institute of Technology, Melbourne and Gippsland School of Advanced Education and a Research MA from Monash University, Gippsland. Since 1988 she has held regular solo exhibitions and participated in group exhibitions in Australia and internationally. Her work is represented in public and university museum collections throughout Australia.

Nicole Mallalieu – Textiles

Nicole is most famous for her You Sew Girl patterns, blog, and classes. She has garnered a popular following and has revolutionised domestic sewing, new experiencing a renaissance in the era of slow fashion. She comes with a wealth of teaching experience and sewing expertise having tutored in crafts stores, guilds and professional associations and an online class for Creativebug. Her latest book ‘The Savvy Seamstress (C & T Publishing) is her third craft book and is now available worldwide.

Susan Robey – Ceramics

Susan Robey is considered to be one of Australia’s finest ceramic artists. She is represented in both public and private collections in Australia, UK, China, Japan and New Zealand, won the Manningham Victorian Ceramic award in 2015, a finalist in the Hobart Art prize 2015 and has been an Australia Council grant recipient for the much lauded Rome Residency. Sue has exhibited widely since 1994 and continues to be an industry leader in ceramic art practice.