Heather Matthew


Australia was colonised more than 200 years ago as a penal settlement and this attitude of incarceration persists today. A Colonial Sampler references the embroidery samplers of colonial women, using two motifs to represent despair and hope. Behind the barbed wire grid is a a stylised red rose, traditionally a symbol of hope to give courage to all those still living behind wire fences all over the world.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicA Colonial Sampler 2017 Linocut and screen print on handmade linen paper 28x28cm

Exhibited as part of Woven Heritage, an international miniature printmaking exhibition, Zayed University, Dubai, UAE.


In 2007 the winding streets of Baghdad's literary scene was bombed. Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here is an ongoing project of printmakers, artists, poets and writers to stand in solidarity with the people of Baghdad. Absence and Presence is a printmakers' response to the Al-Mutanabbi Street bombing.

Three images are multi-layered in this print, the doorway, the sun's rays and the bomb blast. Lament and hope and with it a pathway through a doorway connecting past and present, us and them, me and you.

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Doorway 2016 Screenprint on handmade paper 28x38cm

Exhibited in the UK and USA for the Absence and Presence printmaking project.


Population migration has occurred throughout human history. The latest wave of people coming by boat to Australia continues on from the First Fleet's arrival in 1778. 

These three artworks PilgrimBy Boat and [life] Jacket were my response to the Australian government's policy to 'stop the boats'. Text sourced from national newspaper advertisements, image of James Cooks barque The Endeavour.

Pilgrim 2014

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Pilgrim  2014  Collage on canvas 45x45cm

One of 12 artworks from I Was Here solo art exhibition at Lismore Regional Gallery, February 2016.

By Boat 2014

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By Boat 2014 Screenprint on handmade paper 64 x 44cm

Exhibited at IAPMA (International Association of Paper Makers and Paper Artists) conference in Fabriano, Italy, 2014.

[life] Jacket 2014

Image and video hosting by TinyPic[life[ Jacket 2014. Handmade cotton & linen paper, stitched, foam insets & buckles.

Exhibited at Paper of Skin wearable art exhibition Burnie, Tasmania, 2014.


Minnesota Spring (dreaming of home) 2014

Image and video hosting by TinyPicMinnesota Spring (dreaming of home) 2014 Pressure print, screenprint & stitched on handmade paper.

Highly Commended (mixed media) Ocean Shores Art Expo 2014