Months ago there was a documentary about the Utzon Room at the Opera House, featuring a stunning Jorn Utzon designed tapestry, made by the Victorian Tapestry Workshop.
Luckily this stuck in my head, so on a recent jaunt to sample the delights of Pompeii and Dali, a spare morning was utilised to visit the workshop, housed in a 19th century building in historic South Melbourne, for a talk and a guided tour.
The workshop produces it’s own yarn, dyed on the premises, in 366 different colours. A short history lesson is thrown in on some of the ancient and famous tapestries still on display around the world after centuries.
We were taken to a viewing platform inside the huge white workroom, complete with original Victorian cast iron columns, where you can watch the modern equivalent of those masterpieces slowly taking shape
Amongst the unbelievable works-in-progress inside the workroom, and those hanging in the adjoining gallery, were some of a series being produced for Oz Embassies around the world, each designed by an indigenous artist, all quite different.
“ Tapestry invites the senses as well as the mind to delight”
Patrick McCaughey ( Former Director NGV )
If you can’t get to Melbourne, go to www.victapestry.com.au. Below are 2 of my favorite designs from the website.