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Michelle tapestry weaving. Photographer: Brent Leideritz

Michelle Driver

Textiles, Wearables, Fashion Design

Hand woven tapestry is an ancient medium which Michelle Driver uses to produce contemporary artworks. She combines the old and the new, creating portraits inspired by themes such as musical subcultures through to x-rays. Her main inspiration is the medium of woven tapestry itself, requiring her to think outside the square and to come up with creative solutions.

Working on a vertical tapestry loom, Michelle's tapestries are eye-catching and award winning with humanity and individuality always at the heart of her work. In addition to artworks, Michelle creates scarves for men and women, handwoven on a 16 shaft table loom, and 4 shaft floor loom. Continually developing her wearable lines, these are available through her online shop.

In August 2016, Michelle won the Port Pirie Open Prize and has been a finalist in the Emma Hack Art Prize and Gallery M Open Contemporary Art Prize.


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CV Highlights

Group Exhibitions

2016, Port Pirie Art Prize, Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery
2016, Gallery M Open Contemporary Prize, Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre
2016, Clique, Burra Regional Art Gallery
2016, Emma Hack Art Prize, Adelaide Festival Centre
2016, Clique, Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre
2015, Kate Derum Award For Small Tapestries, Australian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne
2015, 14th Annual City Of Marion Community Art Exhibition, Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre

Education

2010-2014 , Diploma Of Visual Art (Tapestry), South West Institute of TAFE, Warrnambool
1992, Certificate In Applied And Visual Art, Kingston College of TAFE

Awards

2017, Finalist, Heallreaf 2, West Dean College UK,
2017, Finalist, Contemporary Art Awards, Online exhibition
2016, Winner Open Prize, Port Pirie Art Prize
2016 , Finalist, Gallery M Open Contemporary Prize
2016, Finalist, Emma Hack Art Prize

Publications

'Michelle Driver', Embellish Magazine, issue 27, pp.50-51
‘Wool Is My Mistress‘, The Wheel Magazine Issue 26 2014, Ashford Handicrafts Ltd, pp. 30-31

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Windows No. 3 - Self Portrait, 2016, hand woven tapestry, 450mm x 385mm. Photographer Michelle Driver.

Heallreaf 2

Michelle Driver is delighted that her 'Windows No. 3 - Self Portrait' has been selected as a finalist in the 'Heallreaf 2' exhibition. This is an international exhibition held in the UK and in 2017 Michelle is the only Australian included. 'Heallreaf 2' will be in two locations, 10th April - 22nd April at West Dean College, Sussex then 28th June - 2nd July at The Brick Lane Gallery, 216 Brick Lane, London E1 6SA.

Heallreaf (pronounced 'Hairlreff') is an Old English word meaning 'a tapestry hung on the wall in a public space'.

Time & Date
10.00am 10 Apr 2017 - 6.00pm 02 Jul 2017

Location
West Dean College
West Sussex
Chichester PO18 0QZ
West United Kingdom

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Meet Your Maker | Michelle Driver

24 Apr 2017

Thrilled to be the current artist focus for The Adelaide Review, May 2017 issue. Read the full story on the link below.

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