Art & Design by Neroli Henderson

About the artist






Judge’s Choice & Viewers’ Choice awards
‘One Step Further’, Vic Quilters Art Quilt exhibition

For ‘Glimmer’.


Honorable Mention (Innovative)
World Quilt Competition XIX (USA)
For ‘Coco (The Quilt)’


Judge’s Choice Award
NSW Quilters’ Guild (Sydney Quilt Show, Australia)
For ‘Coco (The Quilt)’


Third Place (Pictorial)
NSW Quilters’ Guild (Sydney Quilt Show, Australia)
For ‘Coco (The Quilt)’


Embellish Magazine – Cover  photo and article
Issue #23 (June 2015), ‘The Fallen’ chosen as cover art


Australian Patchwork & Quilting, Vol 25, #2
Feature article interview: Let’s Talk Art Quilts: Neroli Henderson


Quilters Companion Magazine, Issue 73
Feature article interview: In the Studio with Neroli Henderson


Australasian Quilt Convention, Finalist
‘The Fallen’, an art quilt featuring the iconic Australian coastline’s Twelve Apostles.


Living Colour International Curated Exhibition
‘Plight of the Bumblebee’ 1 of 32 artists to have
works chosen from more than 170 entries. Touring in venues throughout Australia, New Zealand and the USA over 2014 and 2015.


Art Quilts Around the World
A member of this blog group of around 20 international art quilters
who create an A3 sized art quilt to a set theme
every 2 months.
View the AQATW blog


Group Owner Facebook ‘Textile Arts’ group
I manage this fast growing group of over
13,000 textile artists and art afficionados with the help of 10 other wonderful admins.
view the textile arts group on Facebook


Editor of Textile Fibre Forum Magazine
I took on the role of editor in December 2014 with my first issue coming out in September 2015 and featured a new design and direction. I’m solely responsible for finding all articles and artists, sourcing quality content and photography, collating and overseeing the design, look and feel of the magazine. My issues include #119, #120 and #121 (ongoing).


Pre 2015 Awards and Publications:


‘Friend of Bernina’ 2014
Added as a ‘Friend of Bernina’ and featured on the Bernina website.
View profile

‘One Step Further’, 2014
Contemporary Art Quilt Juried Exhibition
Packer’s Choice Award for ‘Coco (The Quilt)’
Whitehorse Art Space, Box Hill, Vic, Australia.
For more info click here

Australasian Quilting Convention Finalist, 2014
Juried into the AQC 2014 ‘Ten’ themed challenge
for the art quilt ‘I+V+III+I (Stillbirth)’ pictured above.
View all finalists here

Out of the Box – SAQA Oceania Exhibition, 2014
3 works exhibited at Delmar Gallery, Sydney, NSW, Australia

1000 Quilt Inspirations – Sandra Sider
Work featured in this book (out Feb 2015) by Sandra Sider with details of colourful and creative designs for traditional, modern and art quilts.
View the book here

Embellish Magazine
Authored articles:
Issue 19: Art Quilts Around the World blog group
Issue 20: Cherry Blossom art quilt project
Artwear Publications website

DUT (Down Under Textiles Magazine)
Authored articles:
Issue 4 – ‘All that Glitters’
Issue 5 – Art Elements and Principles, part 1
Issue 6 – Art Elements and Principles, part 2
Issue 7 – Art Elements and Principles part 3
Issue 8 – Designing for non-designers
Issue 9 – Raw-edge Appliqué – the Easy Way
Issue 10 – ‘Turn Up the Heat’ – Part 1
Issue 11 – ‘Turn Up the Heat’ – Part 2
Issue 12 – ‘Alternative Edge Finishings’
Issue 13 – ‘Four Ways to Foil’
Issue 15: “Where I create” and “Social Networking for Artists”
Issue 16: Stitching with Metal




Various Guest Speaker / Workshop tutor
engagements including:
Buderim Craft Cottage Winter School 2015, (QLD) Workshops
Rich River Quilters (Echuca/Moama) workshops
Western Port Quilters (Tyabb)
Boronia Library
Carrum Downs Sc quilters
Michelle’s Sewing Basket
Craft and Quilt Fair Guest Demonstrator

Artist Statement


I want to create beautiful pieces that showcase the inner strength and hope we all have, while exploring our fragility, isolation and lack of control in the world around us. My pieces—from floral explorations to memorial works and landscapes—are all deeply introspective, and invite the viewer to look closer, to feel something more than the aesthetics.


I use textiles as their tactility and delicate nature—together with the dimension and detail of stitching—allow me to inject more of the feeling my art embodies, far more than working with a hard surface and paint alone.


About the artist


Neroli Henderson quite literally fell into a calling as a fine artist when a back fracture necessitated an end to a full time art direction and graphic design career. Neroli completed a BA (graphic design) at LaTrobe University (Bendigo) and then spent three years doing inhouse design for a print production company followed by a variety of temp clients before gaining the position of Art Director for Shell Co. Australia at age 24. Her role required her to design all concepts and strategise implentation for the full range of Shell point of sale across Australia. She worked closely with photographers, printers and mailing house from her position within the marketing and communications department.


At 25 a crushed upper back vertebrae caused by a fall down stairs changed life for her quite completely. Unable to be upright for more than a few minutes at a time Neroli purchased an easel, canvas and oil paints over the phone and began to work with paint straight from the tube and palette knives in the minutes she was able to stand. The work sold and this spurred her to continue drawing and painting.


Progress over the next 7 years was very slow but as her ability to sit and stand increased Neroli started to experiment with different media including the guache and watercolours she had loved as a hobby before the accident.


An introduction to free motion sewing where you can essentially ‘draw with the sewing machine’ came one year when her Mother talked her into classes at the Australasian Quilting Convention. After realising the textures, sheen tactile nature you can get using textiles and mixed mediums in your artworks Neroli found it hard to go back to conventional media and a new niche for her was formed.


Neroli has since gone on exhibit internationally and win many awards, her work is in both private and commercial collections, internationally. It has been included in magazines, books and juried exhibitions as well as much shared on blogs and social media.

Neroli is the current editor of Textile Fibre Forum Magazine.

If you are interested in commissioning artwork, or enquiring about a piece shown on this site please contact Neroli here.


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