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Gillian at work in her studio carving

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Gillian made her first harp for her children in 1994. It is still in regular use. This led her into a serious study of the theory and practice of harpmaking. She realised that there was a shortage of quality harps at a reasonable price and decided she would make quality harps that Australian harpists can afford.

Initially she sold harps only in South Australia. Today she sends harps all around the country and overseas. In 2002, a major grant from the Churchill Memorial Trust, funded a four month round-the-world trip working and visiting with instrument makers in Switzerland, Holland, UK, Canada and the USA. She returned with a determination to further expand her range and reassured by the international recognition of her work.

As a long term member and past president of the Harp Society of South Australia and a member of the organising committee of the Australian Harp Festival - Adelaide 2006, Gillian brings together harpists from all over the state and the country and maintains contacts with harpists and harpmakers all around the world.

She has recently moved into a large new purpose designed workshop in the beautiful Adelaide Hills which will enable her to remain in the forefront of Australian harp design and construction.

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