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Essential Textile Art began in 2006, originally in Adelaide, Australia, and now resides in Brisbane, Australia. I offer free post Australia wide and will ship world wide via Australia Post for international orders at cost. Over the years I have stocked a variety of materials for Textile Artists and in 2016 decided to focus on painting fabric. This marries well with my own arts practice of painting with acrylics on a number of surfaces. Also in 2016 I decided to bring my store page and artist page together in one place to make life a little easier. Please like my Facebook page for the store (top, righthand side of this page is a link) and my artist page at .

Susan Pietsch (pronounced peach) is a Visual Artist currently living and practicing in Brisbane, Australia. Originally training and working as an architect, Susan turned her attention to working full time as an artist in 2006 as well as launching her art supplies business Essential Textile Art. From working predominately in textiles in the beginning, she now favours a more mixed media approach that sees painting taking a more dominant place in her work. Susan has exhibited in both Adelaide, South Australia and Brisbane, Queensland.


Susan’s work is based around narrative – the story comes first, telling her what to create. She works in a range of materials, from acrylics to textiles, to achieve the result she wants.

Solo Exhibitions

2015 “Landscape of Thought”, Kylie Farrelly Gallery, Newstead, Brisbane, QLD

Group Exhibitions

2016 “The Journey”, P.W. Sheehan Gallery, Banyo, QLD

2014 “Place-Meant”, Hughes Gallery, Fullarton Community Centre, Fullarton, SA

2014 “Stories and Parables”, P.W. Sheehan Gallery, Banyo, QLD

2014 “All in God’s Good Time”, Vera Wade Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

2013 “Advent Art”, Brookfield Centre for Christian Spirituality, Kenmore Hills, QLD

2013 “Project 22″, Textile Arts Academy, Indooroopilly, QLD

2012 “3 Piece Suite”, Redcliffe City Gallery, Redcliffe, QLD

2012 “The Dress”, Gallery M, Marion, SA

2011 “Altered Visions”, Redcliffe Museum, QLD

2010 “Altered Views”, Redcliffe Cultural Centre, Redciffe, QLD

2010 “Nature as Designer 2”, Grayton Gallery, New Farm, Brisbane, QLD

2008 “Six Over One”, Pepper St Gallery, Magill, SA

2007 “Gridlocked”, Summertown, SA

2006 Embroiderers’ Guild of South Australia member’s Exhibition

2006 Adelaide Town Hall, SA

2006 Display in T’arts Window, Gay’s Arcade, Adelaide, SA



Embellish Magazine, Various technique and design articles, Artwear Publications, 2010-2014

Janet De Boer (ed) Textile Fibre Forum, “Going It Alone on the Web: Creating your own store”, 2011

DownUnder Textiles, Issue 2, Cover and article, Creative Living Media, 2011

Various Academic papers concerning 3D modelling and routine development control in referred journals and conferences, 1999 – 2006

Articles about Me

Louise Smithers “Let’s Talk Art Quilts – Susan Pietsch”, Patchwork & Quilting vol.23, No.10, 2014, p108 – 111

Web Communications

2016 Created my new WordPress website and eCommerce store – the journey continues!

2016 Updated the Visionaries WordPress website to reflect current web usage.

2015 Created a WordPress Website for Lutheran Women Queensland.

2009 Assisted in redesigning the Prince of Peace, Lutheran Church website, ongoing maintenance using WordPress.

2006 Started Essential Textile Art and managed own website and eCommerce store.

1997-2000  & 2007 Created the Embroiderers’ Guild of SA website, revising and updating formats to suit changing web usage.


2003 Dealing with Difficult Students Workshop, Learning and Teaching Development Unit, University of Adelaide

2003 Supervising Postgraduate Students Workshop, Learning and Teaching Development Unit, University of Adelaide

2002 Teaching at University, Learning and Teaching Development Unit, University of Adelaide

1998 – 2001 PhD – The effective use of three dimensional modelling in the routine development  control of our urban environments, (University of Adelaide). PhD undertaken with the assistance of an ARC Sprit grant. Thesis accepted without alteration.

1997 Project Officer CraftSouth: Centre for Contemporary Craft and Design, South Australia

1996 Certificate 3- Information Technology, TAFE, South Australia

1993 – 1996 Registered Architect, South Australia

1987- 1992 B.Architectural Studies (University of Adelaide), B.Architecture (University of Adelaide)


2013 –   Member of the Visionaries Art Group

2013  Travelled the Top End of Australia, driving from Brisbane to Broome and back.

2010 – 2012 Member of the Textile Art Group, Brisbane, Queensland

2010 – 2012 Member of the Reddy Arts Textile Group, Redcliffe, Queensland

2009  Seminar Lecturer- Digital design for Textiles, Home Economics Institute of Australia, QLD

2007 – 2009 Member of Decifemme Textile Group, South Australia

2001 – 2006 Lecturer- architectural design and 3D modelling at the University of Adelaide, South Australia

2003- 2006 Convener of Textile Group, Embroiderers’ Guild of South Australia

2000 Travelled UK, Germany, Singapore, France, Canada, USA for PhD research.

1997-1998 Creation of “E-merge”, Audio-visual presentation for the 1998 Adelaide Festival Fringe

1996 – 2001 Convener of Digital Design Group, Embroiderers’ Guild of South Australia

1996 – 1999 Sponsorship Officer for the 1999 National Embroiderers’ Conference


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