A friend of mine recently invited me to attend an artist talk at the Australian Tapestry Workshop, and as perhaps you can glean from the yarn rainbow below, visiting the workshop was almost too incredible to handle.
The speaker for the night was Jane Clarke, who is the senior research curator at MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) in Tasmania. She spoke about several works of note at MONA, as well as what goes in to curating the museum, and some exciting things that are coming up. I haven’t yet paid a visit to MONA, but I’ve only heard incredible things about it, so I’m going to make it a priority! Have you been?
The real treat of the night for me was the chance to get up close and have a sticky-beak at some of the incredible tapestries at the workshop. It was almost impossible not to touch and stroke, but I managed to be very disciplined (you would be proud).
The piece pictured above is called ‘Life Burst’, and is a commission for the Peter McCallum Cancer Centre. It was rather enormous in size, and it was in progress when I was there (which I love. I have a real thing for seeing art in progress) but it was recently completed, and you can read all about it and see some more images by clicking here.
The most mind-blowing thing to me was to learn that there are people whose job it is to weave these tapestries. I feel a little peeved that my high-school careers councillor never mentioned that one!
I’m a bit obsessed with this stunning circular tapestry that was on display at the workshop. It’s called the Gordian Knot, and it’s a collaboration between the Workshop and British artist Keith Tyson. It’s so vibrant and intricate, alas this photo doesn’t do it anywhere near justice. I’d recommend clicking here to read a bit more and see some photos of it in progress.
I find it so invigorating to visit a really creative environment like the Tapestry Workshop. I’m always torn between wanting to stay forever and absorb all the creative genius, and wanting to leave immediately to put all the inspiration to use in my own work.
What makes you feel creatively inspired? Have you come across any new and wonderful sources of inspiration of late? Do tell!