Tree of Life - Diary of a Tapestry

The Tree of Life is a 3metre x 5.5metre tapestry designed by tapestry weaver Cresside Collette for the RMIT Spiritual Centre. It incorporates leaf elements from staff and students of RMIT and is being woven by a team consisting of three professional weavers and a number of volunteers. This blog records the progress of the weaving.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Sue Carstairs is overseeing the weaving of the tapestry. She 'discovered' tapestry in 1975 in Canberra with Belinda Ramson and then pursued it further at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland for 18 months. From 1978 to 1989 she worked at the Victorian Tapestry Workshop weaving on many projects such as the suite of tapestries for the ANZ Bank, the Aboriginal works for the Victorian Art Centre and the tapestry designed by Arthur Boyd for the new Parliament House in Canberra.

Since 'retiring' from the Workshop to raise a family, Sue has worked on several community taapestries - Flemington Primary School, and in collaboration with Cresside at P.L.C., the City of Greater Dandenong and St Francis Xavier School at Berwick


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