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Although educated as a landscape architect Dianne had early training with textiles at Newcastle Technical College and Glasgow Art School and was involved with textiles for fashion, theatre costume and interiors. She discovered quilting after seeing a collection of Amish quilts at the National Gallery of Victoria in the early 1980s and undertaking a masterclass with American art quilter Nancy Crow.
Her works have been selected for major juried international and national exhibitions, publications and for public and private collections. Since 2001 she has been one of six artists in the Canberra-based tACTile group with the objective of expanding the boundaries of the art quilt and mounting exhibitions to travel.
Firth is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra. She holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, a PhD, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, and advises the ACT Government on issues related to landscape heritage, trees and urban design.