Irene Koroluk has a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies and is a Tasmanian College of the Arts 2017 graduate.
Whilst training in print-making, Irene attended a Quilt Fair in 2013, which steered her in the direction of art quilts and free-motion machine stitching after one particular art-quilt captured her imagination. Her foray into textiles was then sealed after attending exhibitions at the Istanbul Modern in 2014. She found it refreshing and unusual to encounter a National Gallery which valued the feminine, and where many of the works, including some exhibited by men, incorporated traditional female craft processes.
Using her industrial sewing machine as her drawing tool, Irene continues to explore the possibilities of textile drawing, printing, painting and the art-quilt medium. Irene’s current works aim to capture the beauty, diversity and variation of Australian flora, fauna and landscape. Her pieces depict what she has encountered during her travels and explorations, aspects of the natural world that touch and replenish her soul.
Irene has exhibited in many group exhibitions since 2014 and had her first small solo show in 2018. She has been a finalist in art competitions, including the Pro Hart 2018 Outback Art Prize, Henry Jones Art Prize, BUDA 2018 6th Biennial Contemporary Textiles Award Exhibition (Winner and 2nd Prize, Emerging Artist category), Petite Miniature Textiles 2018 at Wangaratta Art Gallery, and Tasmanian Art Quilt Prize (2015, 2018).