Sandy as Daisy Bates, image by Sue Kneebone, 2014.

Career summary 

Sandy Elverd, one of South Australia's leading contemporary fibre artists, has a strong skill base in traditional and contemporary basketry techniques and loves to incorporate materials from the land into her work. In 2009 she received Australia Council ArtStart funding for business development and for travel to New York in 2010 to research professional opportunities.

Career highlights include completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts Honours (1st class) specialising in sculpture in 2009, receiving the SALA Festival Jam Factory Contemporary Craft & Design Award in 2008, exhibiting at the 12th International Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz Poland in 2007; teaching at Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Maine, USA in 2006 and a residency at Sanskriti Kendra, New Delhi in 2005.

Sandy has worked extensively on a broad range of arts projects including the Tjanpi Desert Weavers Project featured at WOMADelaide 2007 and Weaving the Murray, commissioned for the Centenary of Federation and launched at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

Sandy coordinated the highly successful event Intertwine featured in the Adelaide Festival of Arts 2002, and received an Australia Council residency in the same year at Camden Head in NSW, recognising her contribution within the community art field.