Trevor Smith was born in Penola (SA) in 1961. He grew up on a farm at Joanna and completed his primary and secondary education at Naracoorte. In the early 1980s he completed a Diploma of Visual Arts at Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education (now Deakin University), majoring in sculpture.

For over 30 years Trevor has been employed in curatorial roles with public collections – Ararat Regional Art Gallery (1985-88), Horsham Regional Art Gallery (1989-2007), and more recently with Glenelg Shire Council, based in Portland.

Working with textiles is his hobby. Crochet is his current obsession. In 2009, after a break of about 25 years Trevor returned to crochet when he participated in “The Big Hole Yarn” a Regional Arts Victoria project at the local swimming hole in Panmure, east of Warrnambool. He contributed some site specific pieces to the project. Later that year he created a pop-up exhibition in the window of Portland Lifeline Op Shop for the inaugural Upwelling Festival in Portland. And so his obsession with crochet was revived.