Collette here to talk on contemporary tapestry

A lecture on ‘Figure and Ground: Re-inventing Traditional Themes as Contemporary Tapestry’ by Cresside Collette on Monday, September 20 at the American Centre at 6 p.m., will launch the Lanka Decorative Arts’ lecture series Art, Artist and Artisans. Lanka Decorative Arts is a newly formed society for the study and appreciation of the decorative arts.

Two of Cresside’s creations

Cresside Collette is the daughter of painter and cartoonist Aubrey Collette, one of the founding figures of the 43 Group. Born in Ceylon in 1950, she migrated to Australia in 1962. In childhood her father's art and her mother's writing were part of daily life and almost inevitably her own future career path seemed a natural choice.

Originally trained as a graphic artist at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), she worked as a book illustrator and advertising artist whilst developing large embroideries and exploring the textile arts. She was employed as a foundation weaver of the Victorian Tapestry Workshop in 1976. In 1980 she undertook post-graduate studies in the Tapestry Department of the Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, and subsequently completed a Master of Fine Art (by Research) at Monash University in Melbourne in 2003.

Cresside has exhibited in both individual and group shows since 1971. In 2003 and 2004 she was awarded residencies at Bundanon (a beautiful estate left to the nation by renowned Australian artist Arthur Boyd) where she pioneered working "en plein air" in the medium of tapestry. Over the past 25 years she has combined her own exhibition practice with designing and producing community tapestries for schools, city councils and universities. She currently teaches tapestry weaving in the Studio Textiles and Design Course at RMIT University.

To welcome Cresside, the Lanka Decorative Arts Society will be holding a formal dinner at the Bay Leaf Restaurant on Septmber 20 at 7.30 p. m. where she will be exhibiting some of her pieces. The organisers invite anyone wishing to learn more about her and her work to attend.

For more information email: or call: 2588161.

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