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

This is how Miranda Legge sees her participation in the Tree of Life project and her life as an artist:-

"Weaving on largescale works like the Tree of Life for RMIT offers an artist a wonderful range of experiences such as workingwith the designer, the project manager and the RMIT community. As a skilled weaver I will be contributing ideas of how colour is mixed to form the tapestry palette, fresh approaches to the designer's imagery and a dynamic teaching style to the RMIT community. Being part of a team of weavers allows everyone to combine skills and make an individual mark in the artworks, as well as being a forum for the exchange of ideas related to artistic expression.

I have been developing an art practice since my time as a student at RMIT in 1998. This practice is largely textile based in the form of tapestry as well as quilts and mosaics. My art practice is focussed around my personal life experiences in the garden, the studio and as a home builder. I translate these experiences into abstract colour fields and impressions of flora/fauna that are influenced by the Mille Fleur (15th century) and William Morris (19th century) It is through solo exhibitions, group shows and commissions that I plan to progress and contribute to the arts community"

Miranda has worked at the Victorian Tapestry Workshop and on several commissioned tapestry works. She has also worked with Cresside on community tapestry commissions at Chadstone and City of Greater Dandenong and on several quilt commissions.


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