Dianne Finnegan's contribution to quilting in Australia is considerable and it is important.
Dianne Finnegan is one of Australia's most highly respected textile artists
Dianne Finnegan is an award-winning international textile artist. A pioneer in original cutting edge designs and techniques, she has presented exhibitions, lectures and workshops around the world including V & A Museum (London), International Quilt Festival (Houston, USA), Canada and many more. Using her background in geomorphology and passion for human rights, she creates highly unique patterns that have attracted global attention. She has written six critically acclaimed books on quilting published by Fairfax, Bay Books, Simon and Schuster.
During Finnegan's 40 years of quilt-making, she has been named one of the eighty-eight leaders in the quilt world by the Japanese company Nihon Vogue as well as International Quilting Teacher and awarded the Jewel Pearce Patterson International Quilting Teacher scholarship for 1994, which culminated in an exhibition of works by her and her students at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. She was president of The Quilters Guild NSW for the Bicentenary.
Conducting lectures and workshops throughout Australia and around the world, a highlight was a lecture given at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She writes books and articles on quilting exploring the history as well as new techniques including
the book on the raising of $500 000 for the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games
QUILTS 2000, Australia Celebrates.
Dianne's quilts are in the Powerhouse Museum and other collections in Australia, the USA, Canada, England, Scotland and China. She has been an invited artist in The World Quilt, Tokyo, in the USA, Canada, Spain, Holland, Germany and New Zealand.
Married with three sons, Dianne holds a Master of Arts, Diploma of Education, Certificate of Fibre Arts.