Friday, February 6, 2015

'Woven Worlds: Ten years of ‘en plein air’ tapestries' Cresside Collette

Cresside Collette will present an artists talk on Friday March 13th 2015 at 6 pm. All welcome.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

tapestries debbie herd and jan leishman

'tapestries debbie herd and jan leishman'
Ararat Regional Art Gallery
Town Hall, Vincent Street Ararat, Victoria
28th January - 15th March 2015

Opening Friday 13th March at 6pm All Welcome.


It has been a busy month, but I am almost finished with my work for my joint exhibition next week. Tapestries are something that just won't grow fast and I hate the feeling of being pressured to get work finished. In the past there has always been some kind of unforeseen disaster happening when I am rushing at the end. For example last year the night before I hung my solo exhibition it was late at night and I wanted to varnish a 80cm x 80cm canvas with an oil based gloss. So as you need to work evenly and quickly I set up two spotlights. One stroke the length of the painting and late at night the power went off for 4 hours and I had to finish it by kerosene lamp light! That is just one of many stories I could tell about finishing at the last minute. This time I got in earlier and everything was done. The last of my tapestries finished and at the framers. In a phone call with the Gallery Director on Wednesday about a completely different subject I was asked what hanging system I have on the back of my frames ? Well I have a wire.....its not a screw with wire wrapped around if?... No it has D rings......that's OK because we hang the work by the D rings not the wire. So straight after that conversation I went to investigate the back of the 6 works I had at home that were newly framed by a different framer. Guess what? the D rings were too small for the gallery hooks to go through. Minutes later the framers called me to say that the last tapestry was finished and ready to pick up. So I had to break the bad news about the D rings. They were wonderful and half an hour later I was at their workshop with 7 tapestries to have the hanging system changed over to larger D rings. It is certainly something that I would not have thought to check, but now we know that it is an priority. I am grateful that we worked this out, rather that realize on Tuesday morning when the work is to be hung. So why do Public Galleries hang the works from the D rings and not the wire? It is because it is safer to hang works with glass by the two rings rather than the wire and by hanging on both sides of the work the won't move and become crooked in the space of time they are up for exhibition. I have photographed my new work and I just need to get photos off my laptop to finish off the paper work for delivery Tuesday. As I have two computers it is difficult to keep some things altogether. So now I have a folder in Dropbox that has all my tapestries, their sizes and more importantly the year they were made. So that's where I am at....almost done!           

Friday, January 23, 2015


This year Grampians Texture will be held in Halls Gap in March with 2 and 4 day workshops beginning on Saturday the 14th March. There are still some places available and this year Cresside Collette will be teaching two different tapestry weaving workshops. So if you would like to come and spend some creative time in my beautiful Grampians, take a look at the list of workshops on offer here.
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