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.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Official Opening of 'Adorned: Textiles and Jewellery from Central Asia'

I thought that I would share some photos from the opening of 'Adorned: Textiles and Jewellery from Central Asia'
The exhibition, comprising over sixty  works, explores textiles and jewellery from Central Asia through the distinctive traditions of two of the largest cultural groups of the region, the Uzbek and Turkmen peoples. Urban Uzbek mercantile communities were based in market towns along the Silk Road, and the nomadic Turkmen peoples lived on the steppes of Central Asia.
 Fine examples of Ikat weaving.
Beautiful examples of children's clothes.
The exhibition includes many intricate pieces of jewelry.
Gorgeous colour combinations.
The exhibition was officially opened by Isobel Crombie, Assistant Director of the National Gallery of Victoria.
 Ararat Regional Art Gallery Director Anthony Camm speaking about the collaboration between the two galleries which made this incredible exhibition possible. 
'Adorned: Textiles and Jewellery from Central Asia' continues until July 17th.

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