An interest in textiles started at an early age for Trevor Smith, when he was taught to sew by his mother Jean, who was a talented craftswoman. He was gifted his first sewing machine at age 15, a tool that allowed him to develop his creative passions in all areas of craft. Trevor spent many years working with traditional patchworks, soft sculpture and quilts, before turning his hand back to crochet.
Trevor has been involved in the Australian art scene for over 30 years, participating in group and solo craft exhibitions. In 2009 he was part of the ‘The Big Hole Yarn’ a site-specific exhibition that incorporated crochet into the natural environments of the Panmure swimming hole in Warrnambool.
Trevor’s recent works have been heavily influenced by the late Margaret Fulton, who was best-known for revitalising post-war cuisine. The Margaret Fulton Cook Book, originally published in 1968, was an immediate hit and went on to sell over 1.5 million copies. The visual aesthetics of her recipes can be seen throughout Trevor’s works, especially the instantly recognisable dinner party food of the 1970s which includes cheese and fish platters, a pavlova, strawberry and chocolate gateaux and fruit flans.
A delightful selection of Trevor’s works will be exhibited at Leonard Joel as part of our 100 Year centenary celebration, alongside the November Modern Design auction, and will be available for purchase via Michael Reid.
Trevor Smith is represented by Michael Reid.