Mo Woltersdorf, of Mo’s latest Creations, is our newest Gifter Artisan and has donated four of her multimedia and embroidery pieces to the CAPWA Shop. Thank you Mo, the pieces are gorgeous.
We are also excited to add Mo to our list of winners from the Armadale Society of Artists (ASA), where Mo was awarded the 2021 Best Local Artist for her piece Against the Elements. Mo is even more excited as the piece entered was sold on the night, bought by another artist. Congratulations Mo!
From a young age Mo has been surrounded by creative family and friends. Her father was a serious woodworker and loved making model boats. Her mother was a painter, and from early on Mo and she went to painting lessons together, and Mo’s sister, like Mo, was an embroiderer. Later in life she met and married Zyg, the love of her life, who is a professional photographer (he provided the photos for the blog –thanks Zyg!) and one of her greatest supporters, along with son Damien. They have just completed a renovation to provide Mo with a new studio.
Emigrating to Perth when she was ten, Mo’s first love was pattern design, she wanted to be a dress designer. This took her to South Australia and further east in search of training to grow her needlework skills. Roleystone Theatre was a grateful recipient of these skills as Mo was their Wardrobe Mistress and Costume Designer for over 25 years. As part of her extra-curricula non-artist activities, Mo is also an avid Red Hatter and established the Scarlett Darlings Chapter in Roleystone, which means she is Queen Mo!
Mo likes to approach her work as a blank canvas and, once the background is in place, she lets the work evolve to lead her into a direction to tells its story. Looking at her work, you can see that most include some form of hand stitching and/or Needle felting. Mo uses a wide variety of textiles, including silk, wool and cottons, as well as wool, cotton and perle cotton threads. Inks, paints and embellishments are added to complete the piece, for example her piece The Circle of Hope actually includes a ring with “Hope” transcribed onto it.
Mo is an active member of the Perth art scene with involvement in ASA and TAAMI – Textile Art and Mixed Media Incorporated. She exhibits at the Waterwheel Gallery and will be one of the exhibitors involved with their Snippets Exhibition being held this coming weekend. Mo is also a regular participant in the Armadale Arts Trail and is one of the inaugural artists in the ASA’s Pop Up Shop, in the Armadale Shopping Centre.