Denise Lithgow Australian, b. 1955

Denise is a textile artist, creating 2D & 3D felt objects and machine embroidery wall works.

She exhibits her work widely in Australia and Internationally and her works have been selected for the biannual, World of Threads exhibition in Canada, Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Mini Textile Art, Ukraine and recently a finalist in Australian Textile Art Awards. In 2019 her 2D machine embroidery pieces were selected for a travelling exhibition throughout Europe and Australia and she participated in a sculpture exhibition in Buren, The Netherlands and at Chateau De Gizeux in France. She was also invited as the guest artist for the 44th Annual Camden Art Prize. She has won many prizes including the Hornsby sculpture prize.


She teaches felting in places such as Portugal, London and the AGNSW. 

Her book “Living in a Felt World” has just been published. “The Link” sculpture has been published in the “Worldwide Colours of Felt” book, Netherlands and her work is included in the Dimensional Cloth, Sculpture by Contemporary Textile Artists book by Andra Stanton USA, and Australian Textile Art Award 2020 by Artwear Publications and many art magazines.

Her works are in private and public collections.


She says “growing up on a sheep property in South Australia has inspired her love of working with Merino Wool.” Denise’s works are produced using an intuitive layering of fibre and fabric for both her sculptures and 2-dimensional works. She works with vivid and tonal colours and her inspiration comes from an emotional response to her surrounding landscapes. She uses felt as it’s an ecological, sustainable textile and her 2D works are fabrics which are upcycled and eco dyed.