5x7 Chrissy LoRicco - Wallknots Macrame - 31-05-19 - Jo Wade (2)

Chrissy LoRicco

Redefining mum life.   Chrissy LoRicco is a busy mum, business owner, photographer, fibre artist and full time student studying a Diploma in Visual Arts, Colac

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Website: www.chrissyloricco.com.au
Socials: https://www.instagram.com/wallknotsmacrameco/

1999 - Year 12 Graduate of North Geelong Secondary College
2018/2019 - Cert III Visual Arts at South West TAFE Colac
2020/2021/2022 - Diploma of Visual Arts at South West TAFE Colac

Awards and Grants:
2020 - Winner of the CrossXpollinatioN Adaptation Life Art Prize Award - Linton Wings
2019 - CrossXpollinatioN, fibre and textile art exhibition Creative Victoria Grant
2019 - South West Tafe scholarship recipient
2018 - South West Tafe scholarship recipient

Professional Development:
2020 Henri Matisse: Painting with scissors - London Drawing Group, online webinar – 6th September 2020.
2021 Visual Art Folio Development Workshop - Federation University Australia Ballarat - 22nd September 2021.
2022 Matisse & Rodin: Cutouts in motion – London Drawing Group, online webinar – 26th February 2022.
2022 Creative Collective Memory Arts Project - Memory Booklets Lyn Dickson, Colac Makers Space - 5th March 2022.

Professional Memberships: 
Colac Makers Space

Volunteer Experience:
2019 CrossXpollinatioN Exhibition.  Volunteering at the Welcome Desk, the initial contact point for meeting and greeting the public with a friendly face to start their experience, helping visitors find out information about the exhibitions and artists, collect gold coin donations, signing in visitors and providing voting forms and catalogue of works for the people’s choice awards.  

2020, June Embellish Magazine - Issue 42, Print and Digital https://pocketmags.com/embellish-magazine/embellish-issue-42
Rockstar’s, Machine embroidering and Macrame wall hanging art works.
2020, November South West Tafe Media Release by Rick Bayne of Media Masters Victoria 
2021, March Embellish Magazine - Issue 50, Print and Digital, Collaborative Otway Dreaming Brown Paper Installation

Group & Selected Exhibitions:
2022 - Solo Exhibition Diploma end of year Exhibition - SWTAFE Colac Campus 
2021 - Baltic Mini Textile Curated Touring Exhibition featuring artists from all over the globe
2021 - Linton Wings - 4 Week Solo Exhibition at COPPAC Colac Gallery Space
2020 - Braided Diploma Exhibition - The F Project Art Gallery Warrnambool 
2020 - CrossXpollinatioN Adaption "Life" COPPAC Colac - Adapted online form due to Covid19
2020 - The Warm Safe Home Project Collaboration Becky Nevin Berger - Community Art Project.
2019 - Fabrication at Studio 92 Colac.
2019 - Art Walk on Murray Choices Flooring by Colac Otway Arts Trail.
2019 - Bugs at South West Tafe Warrnambool.
2019 - CrossXpollinatioN "Connections" COPPAC Colac.
2018 - 26 Wednesdays at Studio 92 Colac.
2018 - Journeys Sensorium CrossXpollinatioN COPPAC Colac.
2018 - Jean Pool at RRRTAG Red Rock Regional Theater & Gallery. 
2018 - Women's Work collaboration piece incorporated into work by Laurene Dietrich.
Group collaboration piece with Cert III South West Tafe.  Monochrome reclaimed denim, boro inspired.

2018 - 26 Wednesdays - Studio 92 - Cert III & Diploma of Visual Arts Colac Students End of Year Group Exhibition

CrossXpollinatioN Journeys Sensorium will invite people on an exploration of their non-visual senses in an immersive art experience called Sensorium at COPACC.  Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and created by South West TAFE Colac’s Diploma and Certificate III visual art students, Sensorium will take participants a whimsical journey down the rabbit hole!

2019 - Art Walk on Murray - Choices Flooring by Colac Otway Arts Trail

2019 - Fabrication - Studio 92 - Cert III & Diploma of Visual Arts Colac Students End of Year Group Exhibition

2019 - CrossXpollinatioN CONNECTIONS – South West Tafe Students’ Installation 
Following the success of last year’s Sensorium, another unique installation has been created by South West TAFE, Colac, Diploma and Certificate III Visual Art students who are all currently studying textiles. Responding to the CrossXpollinatioN theme of ‘Connections’, South West TAFE students have explored how textiles throughout history have served to bring people together, fostering social bonds and community connections. This installation is a celebration of these textile skills and techniques that continue to connect generations together, informing new creative ways of working, using a variety of textile materials and techniques. Visitors are invited to participate by adding elements to a weaving at the entrance to the installation, forming their part of the ongoing connection.

2020 - The Warm Safe Home Project Collaboration with Becky Nevin Berger - Community Art Project.

2020 - CrossXpollinatioN Adaption Life - Adaption Online Exhibition and Social Media Exhibition 
CrossXpollinatioN Adaption "Life" COPPAC Colac - Adapted online form due to Covid19

CrossXpollinatioN is on in an Adapted online form this year due to Covid19 Restrictions.

Oscar Wilde famously said life was too important to be taken seriously; while John Lennon believed that life was what happened when you were busy making other plans.  Whichever way you view 'Life', it provides a rich canvas for fibre and textile artists to interpret as the theme for CrossXpollinatioN 2020.

The 'Life' theme has been inspired by next year’s feature artist Andrew John Delaney whose work will span life, death and the things that exist between.

2020 - Braided - Diploma of Visual Arts Exhibition - The F Project Art Gallery, Warrnambool
Presented as an online virtual end of year exhibition and gallery tour for SW Tafe Diploma of Visual Arts Textile Students.
With the easing of Covid restrictions, gallery appointments can be made to view displayed student works in a Covid safe manner on Friday to Sunday’s between 10am - 4pm, from the 6th to 22nd of November 2020.  https://www.thefproject.org.au
Link to online exhibition BRAIDED: https://bit.ly/3svm20P

2021 - Baltic Mini Textiles of Gdynia Exhibition Curated Touring Exhibition - COPPAC Colac, 22nd July 2021.
All the way from Poland to COPACC, the BalticMini Textile Gdynia will be gracing the Civic Hall from July 22nd - August 11th, 2021.  Minitextiles have a growing global following with the BalticMini Textile taking its place amongst other prestigious international competitions in Como, Italy; Szombathely, Hungary; The International Triennial ofMini-Textiles, Angers, France running since 1986; and with St Petersburg, Russia just completing their second International Triennial of mini textiles last year.  The touring exhibition includes award-winning works from past years alongside a number of works from the collection created by Australian artists.The BalticMini Textile GdyniaExhibition was complemented by a collection of textile artworks from SW TAFE Certificate III and Diploma of Visual Arts students in the Gallery Foyer.

Artist Profile:
Chrissy LoRicco is a busy mum, a business owner, a photographer and a fibre artist.  Chrissy is also currently studying a Diploma of Visual Arts Textiles at South West Tafe after successfully completing a Certificate III in Visual Arts in 2019.

Chrissy is inspired by modern contemporary artists and historical textile artists.  Chrissy's work is constantly evolving, she is a very keen learner who enjoys experimenting with different processes and finding new methods, applications, materials, manipulations techniques and mixing mediums with unconventional ways to incorporate and compliment her own arts practice to create.  Chrissy is very mindful about using the concepts of recycling, sustainability and using reclaimed materials to inform her arts practice. 

Chrissy's passion for art comes from her love of designing, making and wanting to live a creative life.  Chrissy's creative efforts have generated a favorable response from friends, family, interior stylists and buyers across the internet all keen for a piece of her work. 

Chrissy enjoys participating in group collaborations with other local artists and loves the opportunity of learning new skills and working in a team to successfully complete and achieve the design brief, meet groups collaboration goals and produce elements, working individually and as part of a team that contributes to the overall installation.

Chrissy was intrigued by the versatility in the art form of macrame, using knots to create art and was inspired to begin expressing herself as a creative artist using rope as a medium and pushing macramé into the future by producing textured and tactile artworks.  Her time as a fibre artist at WallKnots Macrame Co, a local fibre arts business in Colac, Victoria has given Chrissy the creative confidence to host a number of macrame workshops in the local community and working in collaboration with local small businesses.  The biggest highlight was being asked to host macrame workshops as a featured textile artist at 2019 CrossXpollinatioN, fibre and textile art exhibition by the Colac Otway Shire and funded by Creative Victoria.  

Chrissy is looking forward to the new challenges ahead of her in 2021 and 2022, as she juggles creating more art and pushing herself outside her comfort zone, balancing full-time education with being a full-time mum and the daily running and managing of the family engineering, welding and fabrication business with husband Travis. 

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