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Petra Hilsen Textile Design


Address:  Suite 1, Level 3, 153 Hunter Street,  Newcastle
Hours: by appointment
Property Donor:  Iris Capital
Launched:  28th October 2016
Closed:  31 August 2017

The studio space and the opportunity to have a retail outlet in the Emporium gave me the chance to test my felt making and showed that people were interested in buying my products and participate in my workshops. The whole experience was a positive one. I had to give up my studio space because we are travelling around Australia for the next 12 months.

Petra Hilsen
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Who are you?
I was born in Germany, and have lived in Australia since September 1983. Before that I lived in Germany and Turkey. In Australia I have lived in Hobart, Melbourne and now Newcastle. I have worked as a spinner and weaver, civil engineer, a director of a child care cooperative and in urban revitalization. I have two beautiful children who live in Melbourne. I live with my partner in Newcastle and the rest of my family lives in Germany and Turkey

What do you do?
I am a felt maker and work in functional and sculptural felt. I am also a spinner and weaver.

What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle?
I am keenly interested in the revitalisation of Newcastle and see Renew Newcastle as the instrument to do so.