Betty Poulsen is a Walyalup/Fremantle based multidisciplinary artist. Betty’s interests are broad and wide reaching and include natural dyeing, soft sculpture, gold and silver smithing, ceramics and painting. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Curtin University, majoring in painting and ceramics, a Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture and has been practicing for over 10 years. She has exhibited both locally and internationally and has engaged with communities throughout Australia as a maker, teacher and arts facilitator to other established and aspiring artists.
For Betty, craft is more than just a way of making things, it is a way of being. A dynamic process of learning and understanding through material experience. It is a tool to connect the heritage of the past with our present, to exist creatively and intelligently. It is intellectual and practical skills and enables one to understand the properties of a wide range of tools, machines, materials and systems as well as offering up opportunities to think critically and imaginatively about cultural values, cultural history, aesthetics, quality, craftsmanship and fitness for purpose.
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Image 1 courtesy of the artist, image 2 by Jinn Teh, image 3 by Wong + Megirian