Anita Herman


“I was born and grew up in Sydney, falling asleep to the beat of my mother’s weaving loom, which she brought with her on the long ship journey from Latvia. Her incredible industriousness saw her earn enough extra money through weaving to pay off their first house. I like to think she has passed on some of that industrious energy to me.”

Anita Herman has a Bachelors Degree in Art History, a Diploma in Education from Sydney University and lives in Seddon, combining teaching, textiles and photography. Anita documented both her own and her mother’s weaving in her book Latvian Weaving Techniques, about Latvian national costumes and patterns that her mother brought with her to Australia (published in 1993). Anita now teaches weaving, photography and English to local migrant children. Her work features in collections at the National Gallery in Canberra, the Immigration Museum in Melbourne and textiles in Latvians Abroad housed at the National Library in Riga, Latvia.

See Anita Herman’s work during the Festival in Zoom

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