Tapestry is often overlooked as an artistic, creative medium but this idea is expected to change with a special interactive workshop and installation with the Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW), Pop Architecture and the Hotham Street Ladies who will give a glimpse into how artworks are interpreted into the tapestry medium on Monday 14 January at MPavilion.

Pop Architecture and Hotham Street Ladies are the first prize winners of the 2018 Tapestry Design Prize for Architects with their design Chaos and Fertility.

This interactive workshop titled, Tapestry x architecture invites audience members to engage with life-sized textile vignettes that visually transform their design into its intended scale. This workshop will enable audiences to imagine how their design could be realised as a tapestry and provide an opportunity for audiences to immerse themselves in this imagined scene.

Participants will also have the chance to learn the basics of weaving on an ATW community loom. The event will host a panel discussion focusing on the longstanding relationship between tapestry design and built architectural space will follow the workshop.

The discussion panel will give the audiences an understanding of contemporary tapestry weaving as well as insights into the importance of collaboration between the ATW with living architects, designers and artists.

Australian Tapestry Workshop. Photo by Tim O'Connor.

Peter Williams from Williams Boag Architects will facilitate the discussion with the panel including: Cassandra Chilton from Hotham Street Ladies, Chris Cochius from Australian Tapestry Workshop, Katherine Sainsbery from Pop Architecture and Molly O’Shaughnessy from Hotham Street Ladies).

The Australian Tapestry Workshop is considered as an international centre of excellence for innovative, contemporary, hand-woven tapestries, created in collaboration with leading artists, architects and designers. Established in 1976 and based in South Melbourne, it is one of a very few number of tapestry workshops in the world dedicated to the creation of hand-woven tapestries.

The Tapestry Design Prize (TDPA) for Architects is the only international competition for architects to design specifically for tapestry. Based on the longstanding historical connection between architectural space and tapestry design, the award seeks to foster new creative dialogues between architects and contemporary weavers and offers architects an unparalleled opportunity to consider the capacity by which tapestries can articulate, transform, and enrich public and private space.

See art in a new medium at Tapestry x architecture at this free workshop this Monday!


Dates: Monday 14 January 2019

Location: MPavilion (located at the Queen Victoria Gardens, St Kilda Road, Melbourne)

Time: 4 - 6pm workshop followed by panel discussion 6.15 – 7.30pm

Cost: Free

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