Pearl Red Moon


I’ve been a multi media and textile artist for 20 years but as a younger woman I trained to be a fashion industry pattern maker. Recently I updated my 30 year old patternmaking skills to the contemporary digital age and began publishing pdf patterns. As a full figured middle aged woman I’ve been frustrated in my search to find artistically styled clothes that were comfortable to wear and flattered my shape.

I started the business “Boho Banjo art to wear” based on my desire to offer a style of clothing that is loose, relatively unstructured and that moves on the body when worn. Clothing that is designed for comfort and practical ease of movement but still shows off the wearers individuality through innovative cut, embellishment, detailing, colour, pattern and design. My long term vision is also to add a range of textile designs and a small number of prints created by me have just become available.


Multi media artist working primarily with textiles, fibres and stitch.

BORN: May 1959 in Whangarei, New Zealand
Emigrated to Australia 1986
Australian citizen since 1989

1974-76 Westlake Girls High School, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand
1984 Auckland Technical Institute, Certificate Sample Machinist and Patternmaker
2000-01 completed 2 years of a Bachelor of Visual Art degree at The University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

In the last 20 years I have taught numerous classes by invitation in Australia; Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane, Rockhampton and Perth. Tasmania in 2001, New Zealand in 2001, 2002 and 2004, Canada in 2009 and the USA in 2003 (as invited exhibitor at the Santa Fe Art Doll Show in New Mexico, USA) and also in USA 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

BLOG: since 2011

• Pdf sewing patterns –
• Digitally printed fabric by the metre –


• “Australian Dolls, Bears and Collectables” Vol 4, #7, 2001

• “Textile Fibre Forum” Vol 22, issue 2, #70, 2003, Australia

• “Cloth, Paper, Scissors” Winter 2004, p86 (USA)

• “New Directions in Altered Books” author Gabe Cyr (USA) 2006, p131

• “Cloth, Paper, Scissors” January and February 2008 (USA), issue 16, p77

• “Australian Dolls, Bears and Collectables” April 2009, pp16-19, vol 16 #3

• “Pasticcio Quartz” January 2010 (USA), issue 9

• “Quotes Illustrated” author Lesley Riley (USA) November 2013

• “Textiles Down Under” January 2014 Australia

• “A For Artistic” Fall 2014, quarterly e-publication by subscription (based in Canada), pp32-38


2000 “Feetish” Watt St Gallery, Newcastle, NSW

2004 “Exotica” Facets Gallery, Pokolbin, NSW (solo)

2007 “Bead It” Back to Back Gallery, Bull St, Cooks Hill, Newcastle

2010 Painting the Pages, Haydon Hall Gallery, Murrurundi

2011 Currabubula Local Art Prize, sold 3 of 4 works entered

2011 Wallabadah Art prize

2011 Murrurundi Art Prize, Highly Commended in Fibre and Textiles section for The Garden of my Mind

2011 XV Miniatures, Muswellbrook Regional Gallery, sold 4 works entered

2011 “MetreMAX” Tamworth Regional Gallery

2011 Muswellbrook Local Art Prize

2012 Currabubula Local Art Prize

2012 Wallabadah Art Prize, Grand Champion with Out of the Violet and Blue

2012 Murrurundi Art Prize, Highly Commended in Fibres and Textiles section for . Still Life
First Prize in Pages River Theme for River.Water.Hole

2012 “Murrurundi Mixed Media Marriage” Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre. August 5 – September 2. Joint exhibition with my husband Rodney Swansborough. Showed 24 mixed media works and 8 mixed media works made in collaboration with Rodney.

2013 Breathing Colours Gallery, Balmain, Sydney. “Artistic Synergies” March 18 – April 7. Shared exhibition with Rodney Swansborough.

2013 Out of Hand, biennial exhibition of Stitching and Beyond group, Tasmanian Arts Centre, Hobart, Tasmania. September 26 – October 1. Sold 2 out of 3 works submitted.

2014 Murrurundi Art Prize, Highly Commended in Acrylic/ Oil section for Chrysalis Woman
First Prize in Fibres/Textile section for garment with digital print Petal

2014 Breathing Colours Gallery, Balmain, Sydney. “Wear My Art” July 28 – August 3. Solo exhibition.

2015 Murrurundi Art Prize, First Prize in Fibres/Textile section for garment with digital print The Blue Tattoo
Third Prize in Fibres/Textile section for applique/stencilled coat
Highly Commended in Portrait section for digital print Anna May