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Gordian Knot, is a unique and visually striking circular tapestry based on Turner Prize winning artist, Keith Tyson's original work. The tapestry measures 2.4 x 2.4m and took seven months to weave by ATW weavers Chris Cochius, Sue Batten, Pamela Joyce & Milena Paplinska. Presented by the Friends of the ATW, The Making of Gordian Knot, held at the ATW on March 17, provided an insight into the technical and creative challenges the ATW's artist weavers undertook in interpreting Keith's design. Project leader Chris Cochius and Head Weaver Sue Batten also spoke of their enjoyment of the opportunity to engage in an international collaboration with both the artist and the client based in the UK.
A tribute to our Bobbin maker: Michael Perry – by Cresside Collette. Last month I was shocked and surprised to learn that Michael is ill with leukaemia, and though he is involved in a brave fight, the long–term prospects are not good. And I started to think about his wonderful contribution to the world of tapestry weaving, the beautiful brass tipped bobbins that he engineered and has supplied to all of us since the 1980s, and the fact that he has very rarely been acknowledged in print for his skill and dedication.
On Tuesday 23 February the ATW celebrated the opening of ATW AIR 2015, a special exhibition features works from 10 diverse and exciting Artists in Residence at the Australian Tapestry Workshop during 2015. Guests received the first viewing of the exhibition and the opportunity to meet the featured artists: Rebekah Archer, Gabrielle New, Phil Ferguson aka Chiliphilly, Yufang Chi, Cat Rabbit, Nicholas Chilvers, Lisa Hilli & Eddy Carol, Nina Magee, and Megan McPherson. We thank our corporate sponsors Shadowfax Wines and Two Birds Brewing for the lovely wines and craft beer served on the night.