Approved: 16.08.2006

Michaela McMillan

Artist, Gallery educator, Lecturer / academic, Maker

Approved: 16.08.2006

I create sculptural forms using textiles, found objects, collected personal and family memorabilia, and recycled materials mixed with new. Establishing a real or imagined narrative around the materials I work with drives my practice. The physical qualities, and history of original use and functions, inform the invented record of each piece. It is an exploration of colour, technique and form, and my

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Artist Statement

I create sculptural forms using textiles, found objects, collected personal and family memorabilia, and recycled materials mixed with new. Establishing a real or imagined narrative around the materials I work with drives my practice. The physical qualities, and history of original use and functions, inform the invented record of each piece. It is an exploration of colour, technique and form, and my own associations with the materials and objects. The importance of textiles in each piece comes from cherishing fabrics as a child - dressing up in old remnants and playing, fabric shopping on the markets with female relatives, and hand sewn garments being made and passed on. As a result of this upbringing I value the handmade clothes and recycling, treasuring the imperfections of the handmade, and the accidents and qualities of sewn treasures by family and friends. Using their original tactile nature and appearance, unpicked of their original form, recycled clothes and collected objects hint at their old life, while a changed identity and structure suggests a new one. It is an exploration of colour, technique and form, influenced by retro objects, secret details and a process driven design.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1992 - Textiles/Fashion-Embroidery, Manchester Polytechnic, Manchester Solo exhibitions 2012 - Within The Glass Dome, Bilston Craft Gallery, Wolverhampton 2003 - Showcase , Arts Council West Midlands, Birmingham 2002 - Textile Exhibition, Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University 2002 - Textiles Exhibition, Stop House, British Waterways, Northamptonshire Group exhibitions 2013 - PINT, The Brewhouse, Burton upon Trent 2013 - SOCK Craft and Commission Fair, Loughborough Town Hall, Loughborough 2012 - Gifted 12, National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford 2012 - I Give You This, The Brewhouse, Burton upon Trent 2012 - Unit12 Craft Open , Unit 12 Gallery, Stafford 2011 - Open , Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum, Leamington Spa 2011 - Precious Things, New Brewery Arts , Cirencester 2011 - Sculpture in the Sanctuary, Swan Sanctuary, Southwell, Nottinghamshire 2010 - Made to Measure, New Brewery Arts Centre, Cirencester 2009 - Concept, Northampton University, Northampton 2009 - Warped or Not?, Artspace, Coventry 2007 - Open , Leicester City Gallery, Leicester 2007 - Open, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Rugby, Warwickshire 2004 - Open, Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa 2003 - Crafty Tales, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Warwickshire 2003 - Submerse, Walford Mill Craft Centre, Dorset 2003 - Vessels, Romney Marsh Craft Centre, Folkestone 2003 - Wired, Bishops Gallery, Salop 2002 - Birmingham Designer Maker Fair, MAC, Birmingham 2002 - Chelsea Crafts Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, London 2002 - Leicester City Gallery, 14th Annual Open Exhibition, Leicester 2001 - Open, Herbert Gallery and Museum, Coventry Curated projects 2009 - Exhibitions Officer, TaP Textiles and Paper Group, West Midlands Workshops 2009 - Memories, Active8 Arts and Warwickshire County Council, Nuneaton 2008 - Growing Together, Rugby Schools, Warwickshire 2006 - Reminiscence, Artszone, Inter-generational Film Project, Warwickshire Residencies 2012 - Woven Threads, Offchurch Village Green, Warwickshire 2009 - Artsfest Birmingam, Heart of england Galleries Consortium, Victoria Square, Birmingham 2009 - Story Hats- Early Years and Adult special needs, Nuneaton Drop and Shop/ Warwickshire County Council, Nuneaton 2001 - Memories Tapestry, Rugby West Indian Associatio, Warwickshire Private commissions 2002 - Textile Vessels, Private Clients, Uk, Australia, France 1999 - Canvas Artwork, Liddingtons Pubs, West Midlands 1999 - Illustrator, Fife County Council, Scotland 1999 - Illustrator, Usbourne Publishing, London 1996 - Original Designer, Think Positive Textile Agency, Australia Projects 2010 - Crafts Conservatory retail development, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Warwickshire 2008 - Co-ordinator, Mayday Trust Special Needs Art Group, Warwickshire 2007 - Coordinator, Pupil Regeneration Unit and Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Warwickshire 2007 - Coordinator, Rugby Gallery Special Needs Art Group , Warwickshire 2006 - Coordinator, Craftspace and Rugby Art gallery and Museum At Home II, Warwickshire Competitions, prizes and awards 2011 - Commended Open Entry, Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum, Warwickshire 2010 - Community Arts Professional Development Award, County Arts, Warwickshire County Counil 2009 - Grants for the Arts Research and Development Grant, Arts Council , West Midlands 2002 - Arts Grant, Rugby Borough Council, Warwickshire 2002 - Chelsea Crafts Fair, New Exhibitors Award Shortlist, Crafts Council, London 2002 - Creative Ambition Award, West Midlands Arts, West Midlands Educational experience - early years 2002 - Artist in Residence, Artists in warwickshire Education, Warwickshire Schools, Warwickshire Educational experience - primary 2011 - Creative Partnerships Eco Warriors, Castlefort JMI Primary School, Walsall 2011 - Creative Partnerships Outside Space, Priorslee Primary School, Telford 2005 - Creativity Project, Solihull Schools, West Midlands Educational experience - tertiary 2010 - Visiting |Tutor, BA Surface Pattern, Northampton University 2000 - Painting and Drawing Tutor, Percival Guild House, Warwickshire Educational experience - special needs 2010 - Creative Practitioner, Brooke School, Rugby, Warwickshire 2010 - Wild Things Integral Arts Day, Coleshill School Cluster, West Midlands