Melissa Tarrant is a textile Artist based in St. John’s Newfoundland who has a passion for building community through arts and culture. She graduated from the College of the North Atlantics Textile Studies program in 2006 where she focused her studies on surface embellishment, weaving, and apparel design. Melissa is currently the Manager of the Anna Templeton Centre for Craft, Art, and Design and its project the Quidi Vidi Village Artisan Studios where she gets to share her business development experiences with emerging Artisans and develop community-focused projects based around arts and culture.
When you take the time to slow down and immerse yourself in nature the world exposes itself in ways most people never see. Melissa has always been drawn to the unbeaten trail and has spent her life exploring the coasts of Newfoundland, its depths of densely wooded areas, and the barrens throughout. Inspiration for her work is found in the details nature provides through its resilient ecosystems and windswept landscapes. Melissa uses traditional fiber manipulation techniques in nontraditional ways to create textile art that highlights the details and brings the outside in.