Sunday, June 18, 2017

'Kylie On Stage' Coming to Ararat in 2018

After what seems like years of planning, work on the redevelopment of the Ararat Arts Precinct has finally begun.
This is an exciting time for the Ararat Regional Art Gallery as it will be the first major changes in gallery exhibition space and a new storage area in 49 years.
You can view the plans for the redevelopment here.
The gallery is currently closed and the renovations are scheduled to be completed in time for the galleries 50th birthday celebrations. The 'Kylie on Stage' exhibition will be one of the first exhibitions to be shown in the new gallery. These are photos that I took of the exhibition at the Arts Center late last year.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


John Wolseley tapestry 'Fire and water, moths swamps and lava flows of the Hamilton region' woven at the Australian Tapestry Workshop for the Hamilton Art Gallery collection. 
It has been weeks since I traveled to Hamilton to see the exhibition, John Wolseley, Mallee-Maquis-Desert-Rainforest 1990-2016 
The tapestry was woven from a watercolour drawing and it is interesting to see how the colour changes and mark making have been resolved in the weaving.
 Whilst tapestries woven at the A.T.W have grown in numbers over the past 40 years, budget constraints often factor into how an image is resolved in the final tapestry.    
'Concerning the wading birds of the Warrnambool wetlands' designed by John Wolseley for Warrnambool South West Helthcare.
I will just share a few images from the exhibition.
Some works were quite large and as usual it takes a long time to view this artist's work as they often contain writing and very minute details.
 Small detail of one of the larger works. 
This small detail is one of my favorites.
 Beautiful detail of a bird and nest.
Arthur Streeton created some of Australia's most iconic paintings. "Halls Gap Grampians' painted in  1920.
'Mt Sturgeon and Mt Abrupt' painted in 1921.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Each year the Australian Tapestry Workshop participate in Open House Melbourne. It is always a great opportunity to visit and see what is currently on the looms.  A recently finished tapestry.  'Life Burst' Designed by John Olsen. Wool and Cotton and measures 1.09 X 5.5 m. Commissioned for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
 Detail of 'Life Burst'
 Close up of colour blends.
There are a lot of cottons used for the weft in this tapestry, giving it a rich surface of saturated colour.
There is an album on the A.T.W Facebook page showing the making of this tapestry here
The current tapestry on the loom. 'Perspectives on a Flat Surface' Designed by John Wardle Architects. Woven in wool and cotton the completed tapestry will measure 1.92 (H) x 3.84 (W) m
Possibly one of the most difficult to weave tapestries the workshop have undertaken. You can watch the progress of this tapestry here.  
Cartoon for 'Gordian Knot' tapestry. Designed by English artist Keith Tyson for a private commission.
The tapestry although completed, is still on the loom. A brilliant example how colour in hand woven tapestry surpasses all other mediums.
Unbelievably complicated in design, it would have been a lot of fun to weave.
As someone who has a dreadful fear of snakes, I can appreciate how beautiful this one is.
The tapestry measures 2.4 x 2.4 m and is woven in wools and cottons.
Loved the roller coaster. Photos of the progress of this tapestry here.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Curators 'Floor Talk' Adorned: Textiles and Jewellery from Central Asia

Last Saturday, Carol Cains, Curator Asian Art, National Gallery of Victoria and curator of 'Adorned: Textile and Jewellery from Central Asia' traveled to the Ararat Regional Art Gallery to conduct a floor talk, providing a wealth of knowledge of pieces in the exhibition. Many traveled long distances for the opportunity to learn more about the culture and expertise that produced these stunning works. Here Carol explained the techniques and significance of this piece, a 'Suzani' embroidered by a bride and her family were an important part of a bride’s dowry and used as hangings, bed covers, partitions, curtains,coffin covers and prayer mats.
  A detail of the central motif. Exquisitely embroidered.
Animals were highly prized possessions, the felt textile on the right is described as either a horse or camel blanket, which could also be used as a canopy for a yurt interior. The felted piece on the left is a horse blanket. The design incorporates slits for the girth strap that holds the saddle in place. 
A child's tunic, one of my favorite pieces in the exhibition. Decorated with plastic thimbles. Unfinished hems ensured the child would continue to grow and the mother would bear more children.
This tent band is the only purely decorative piece in the exhibition that is woven, other works are hand embroidered. Woven on a narrow cotton warp with wool for the weft, the band measures approximately 11 meters long. Tent bands served as practical and decorative functions inside and outside the yurt.
 'Adorned: Textiles and Jewellery from Central Asia' continues at the Ararat Regional Art Gallery until July 17th.
All photos copyright National Gallery of Victoria.
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