Peter Coombe
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Born in 1956 in Adelaide, South Australia, Peter has been working with wool from a very young age.  All his textile art (French Knitting) is created spontaneously.  There are no patterns and each piece is unique.  His style of presenting an abstract art piece in this technique is copyright exclusively to Peter.

Artist statement:- “I was introduced to French Knitting (tomboy stitch) in 1964 at Pulteney Grammar School when the knitting Nancy was popular but I preferred to use a cotton reel with four carpet tacks inserted on the top. I continued on with it making many styles of mobiles, lamp-shades and small mats. A decade later I lived with a bunch of artists in the Bugle Ranges, south of Mt Barker, (SA) and proceeded to make lamp-stands, with dyed home-spun wool. Then I started to design colours on the lamp-stands to suit the colour of people’s lounges or bedrooms. I changed over to bright colours and left the home-spun wool altogether. Many years later I evolved to circular designs, framed under glass and now landscape designs and brightly coloured designs that I just make up.”

His textile work is in the collection of the Victor Harbor Hospital in the Cynthia Rymill Ward and in Peter Goers’ private collection.

Some of the places where Peter has exhibited:-

Red Poles Gallery, McLaren Vale SA, 2005

Porter Street Wildlife Gallery, Goolwa SA, 2006

Victor Harbor Winery, SA, 2006 & 2007

Artistic License Gallery & Studio, North Adelaide SA, 2006

Stationmaster’s Gallery, Strathalbyn SA, 2007

The Green Room on High Street, Willunga SA, 2009 – 2010

Gawler Community Gallery, Gawler SA, 2010 – 2015

Gawler Show, Gawler SA, 2012

Black Diamond Gallery, Port Adelaide SA, 2020