The Team

Thelma Cluning


Thelma has been Chairperson for WAFTA since the October AGM in 2018.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO WAFTA? The opportunity to join a professional organisation where my creative interests would be stimulated by others who love working with fibre and textiles.

WHAT MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES DO YOU USE? Fabric weaving as a structure, surface layering with fibre/fabric embellishment and using free-hand machine embroidery as a ‘drawing tool’. I also draw and paint complex designs.

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON? Just samplers at this time, building to the next major work as opportunity permits. I just finished a large drawing.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? Nature, Ernst Haeckel, Byzantine decoration, Lou Gardiner and Susan Lenz. See more of Thelma’s work at Instagram- thelmacluning

Elsie Payne


Elsie has been our treasurer since 2017l. She completed a national diploma in Fashion Design and then worked in the garment industry for 7 years. She tutored design, garment construction and pattern making for over 5 years. She entered the New Zealand Benson & Hedges (so named at that time) twice and made it through to the Highlight Parade. 

Elsie has since dabbled in: Oil painted portraits, Pencil colour portraits, Acrylic painting. Water colour painting, Lino cut and other forms of printing, Quilt making, Hand and free hand machine embroidery, Doll making, Jewellery making, Polymer clay sculpting

She has also done a certificate IV in bookkeeping and currently runs her own business with a few clients.

Julia Andrijasevich


Julia has been Membership Secretary since 2018.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO WAFTA? My boundless love for fabric and textiles and the wish to expand my skills and techniques.

WHAT TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS DO YOU USE? I recently introduced myself to the ancient art of felting. I began with wearable felt and am now exploring and developing skills in both wet and needle felting as an art practice.

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON? I am thrilled to be creating my granddaughters wedding gown and several other outfits for this special family celebration in April.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? I am particularly drawn to social justice issues and have been producing pieces under the overarching statement of ‘The Tenuous Threads Of Humanity’.

Julia's gorgeous website can be seen here!

Liz Arnold

Workshop CoOrdinator

Liz has been Workshop CoOrdinator since 2018.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO WAFTA? Kinship - the opportunity to network and socialise with other artists.

WHAT TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS DO YOU USE? Heaps of obsessive hand stitching, embroidery and crochet because I really enjoy the meditative aspect of repetitive mark-making. I prefer to work with cottons, wool and silks.

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON? I have a natural tendency to work small and currently I am making lots of textile jewellery-without the gems 😊.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? Just about everything, but especially coral reefs, the structure of seeds and pods, microscopic life, and the work of other artists. See more about Liz

Iris Whitelock

Speakers CoOrdinator

Iris has been organising our speakers since late 2018.

She is business owner at Art of Life - life coaching with a difference.

More coming soon....

Emma Seaton


Emma has been our webmaster since 2013.

By day I am immersed in the railway signalling technology environment, but return to my roots as a maker in my time off!

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO WAFTA? I happened to come across the organisation’s website and liked the textile art aspect, not just about one medium, but about everything textile, traditional and innovative alike.

WHAT TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS DO YOU USE? After flitting from one technique to another I seem to have settled down to slow stitching and natural dyeing, which covers a broad spectrum of making and creating, from small layered pieces to clothing.

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON? I’m madly finishing my Hacked Jacket for the Midland Junction Arts Centre Worn Out Worn Art exhibition at the end of this month, along with an entry for India Flint’s ‘Gardens of the Heart’ stitched poetry exhibition. As well as trying to add a few much needed ‘new’ items of clothing made from recycled cloth to my wardrobe!

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? Wild and unruly rebel stitching, unusual clothing, graffiti, music album artwork, pods and leaves, hand built ceramics, old and rustic houses, interesting gardens, medieval everything, the smell of eucalyptus, ancient citadels, and hand made spoons, bowls and baskets...

Jo Franco


Jo has been our librarian since 2010.

I’ve always been a “maker” – making clothes for myself and family. Like many of my generation I was taught by mother and grandmother to knit and sew the proper way. In later years I discovered rug making and again was taught the "proper" traditional way and became an accredited instructor. Then, I discovered WAFTA and am learning all over again!

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO WAFTA? Interested in textiles, I was looking for a source of inspiration from like-minded people. 

WHAT TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS DO YOU USE? Mostly up-cycled fabrics and various rug making techniques- not necessarily to make rugs. 

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON? My rug hooking time has given way to the computer and administrative work as we set the wheels in motion for a second online virtual exhibition- this time open to artists world-wide. See Facebook links for info. 

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? Colour and ‘design ‘ from my garden and the world around me and also seeing images of the work of artists who speak at WAFTA meetings. Jo is editor of Australian Rugmakers Guild blog 

Pauline White

Committee Member

Pauline has held various roles on and off the committee for a number of years.

Pauline graduated from Curtin University with BA Visual Arts, BA Fine Arts, BA Hons Visual Arts, MA Visual Arts. Since then she has been a lecturer at Curtin University in the Aboriginal Contemporary Art Course and in the BA Visual Arts Course.

She has also worked as a curator for the City of Stirling for 6 years, City of Bayswater for 2 years and in many schools and community centres. She taught at Central Tafe helping develop the Public Art course and curriculum for Aboriginal students.

Pauline collaborated with Charmaine Cole and were shortlisted for the Metrorail Esplanade Railway Station Public Art project and the Maylands foreshore Project in Perth and
coordinated 7 Public Art projects in the Perth metro area (Beechboro, Leederville Youth HQ(3), Leederville TAFE, Banks Reserve and Bardon Park.

She also worked at being artist and coordinator on many community art projects in the Perth metro area and Bathurst Island the most recent being Swan Song at the WA
museum in the Perth CBD. Pauline has been Artist-in-Residence at Karratha College, Tresillian Community Centre, Remida and many schools in the Perth CBD.

She also spent many years designing the stand for the Gascoyne region at the Perth Agricultural show. Pauline has had 4 solo exhibitions and participated in many group shows the most recent being Altered States with WAFTA and Eco Echo with Fibrant in 2017.