At $57,000 Aus it wasn’t a big art commission by local standards, but as the Coat of Arms placed in the Ceremonial Court of the new Western Australian Supreme Court (Civil), it was an important one to get absolutely right.
This restoration became the centre of a designated Legal Precinct. An elegant, minimalist high-rise office block was built behind the hotel to house the Supreme Court (Civil) and Mediation Services, and the Departments of Justice and Treasury.
|Madam Bukleshla Crown - close-up|
As part of the State Government Percent for Art Scheme, site-specific art commissions were already underway for these new offices and courts when the Chief Justice suggested one more. He had seen a tapestry Coat of Arms, albeit old and falling apart, in another Australian State’s Supreme Court and thought we should have something similar.
|The Wild Side of The Swan|
As a young artist Trish came to Western Australia from Melbourne over 25 years ago for a six months residency, but never left. She describes herself as a ‘Crafter of cloth. Stitch-ress of beauty’. Artisan of adornment’ and says ‘I learnt to hand stitch at the age if 6…. then honed my love of textile design in Melbourne’s RMIT in the early eighties and found myself exhibiting a naïve, personal narrative celebrating stich and adornment for another time’
|Trish making a start with the background construction|
Nathan Crotty is Trish’s partner in life and art. He contributed to the overall design and more difficult aspects of project management that required lateral thinking. From their shop selling hand-stitched clothes in Fremantle, (the port suburb and artists’ hub of Perth), they have gathered a group of like-minded passionate stitchers to give workshops and seminars on embroidery and associated crafts.
|Hands at Work - Long Stitch Details for Kangaroo|
|Finalising the background around the crest|
|Nicole Demarchelier working on the background- the spirit of the sheoak|
|Dr. Nicole Demarchelier. Bridget Bygott, and Dr. Jane Donlin ( left to right )|
|Hands At Work, Stitching the background Silk in Place|
|Readying the placement of the central components on the background|
|detail of the ground stitched onto the background|
|Irina and Alena, stitching the crown in place with surgical precision|