Alison Muir
A Commentary on the Aquatic Environment


b. 1986, HK.

Welcome to my world of textiles

As you view the Gallery you will discover my textile designs deliver messages about the environment especially focussed on water in all its iterations

I use non connected traditions in my textile designs with political comment on dyed textiles, by using scientific details from the electron microscope and by combining natural landscapes and text

Water the universal currency embedded with political capital


Alison Muir

Alison Muir


The driving force in my world

Water is the driving force in my world. My work delivers messages—sometimes political and always passionate—about our water environment. The designs are generated using scientific research, various fiber techniques, bright colors, and hand stitching. I connect traditions such as dyeing with political comment; scientific details with text embedded in textile land and seascapes. I have also experimented with natural dyes and mordants, using indigo, and Australian flora as source materials.

Alison Muir Custodial Water 2019, cotton, silk organza, dye, Pentel pen, pencil, block printed, drawn, hand- and machine-stitched, 38″ x 29″. Photo: Andy Payne. Right top and bottom: details. Indigenous Australians have managed the resources of coastal and inland waters for millennia with care to nurture stocks, feed the people and provide custodial techniques for future generations. When will immigrant Australians adopt the same values and let the indigenous people fix the broken water systems for all Australians?

Artist Statement

by Alison Muir

AM-portrait 300By 2000 water became the driving force in my world, and I needed to smell and see the sea to be happy. At that time to illustrate water I developed an individual style using 'vlisoflixed' strips of cloth in layers; this style was used for the quilt "Short Poppies are valuable too" juried into Quilt National 2001.

In 2003 I continued to extend my range of techniques, including digital imaging and collage, silk painting and dyeing, traditional shibori and arashi dyeing to individualise the textile image and colour range.

'Aquamarine: recent textiles by Alison Muir' displayed 12 works depicting images of water, both fresh and salt and its impact on Sydney, with 10 years of existing work at a solo exhibition comprising 35 works at Mosman Art Gallery, Sydney in November 2005.

From 2006 'Fathoming the depths: informative textiles' presented social & environmental issues : the politics of water for a Master of Design (Hons) 2010 at the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW, Sydney Australia.

'Ancient messages' using hand stitched and dyed whole cloth was juried into Quilt National 2011. The process I use begins with a 'water message' and the design is generated using appropriate research, techniques, colours and stitching with unconnected traditions such as dyed textiles and political comment, scientific details and text in natural dyed textile landscapes/seascapes

New work is exploring images of microscopic organisms in water to deliver messages, sometime political and always passionate about our environment