Monday, 17 December 2012

MELBOURNE SOFITEL TAPESTRIES

Hotel Sofitel Melbourne, located at 25 Collins Street, Melbourne has two stunning tapestries on view in its first floor Foyer, near the auditorium. These popular tapestries depict two of Australia’s best known floral emblems: The golden wattle, Australia’s national emblem, and the pink heath, the emblem of the State of Victoria. During 1980, the Australian Tapestry Workshop took the Pink Heath tapestry to the USA, as the centrepiece of its first American exhibition.

The Wattle tapestry of 1979 by Marie Cook is 3.65 x 6.09m and the weavers were Marie Cook, Gordon Cameron, Ilona Fornalski, Kathy Hope, Jan Nelson, Cheryl Thornton, WendyWebb, Irja West. The Pink Heath tapestry of 1979 is also by Marie Cook and measures 3.65 x 6.09m. The weavers were Marie Cook, Sue Batten, Andrea May, Iain Young.

This post is part of the Monday Murals meme,
and also part of the Mellow Yellow meme,
and also part of the Mandarin Monday meme.










15 comments:

  1. Very delicate and very talented.

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  2. I like the idea to hang tapestries in the public space, they are beautiful.

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  3. It would be difficult to choose one over the other. Both are beautifu additions to a public space.

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  4. I agree, I love the idea of hanging these tapestries in a public space and they are indeed so colorful and beautiful! Love the close ups you've included, Nick! Hope you have a wonderful week and a very Merry Christmas!!

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  5. Very yellow. I like it. A pretty selection Nick.

    Merry Christmas !

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  6. These are incredible examples of weaving expertise! Wonderful pieces, Nick.

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  7. I'm impressed there's a national tapestry workshop. These pieces are stunning with a subtly complicated composition. The number of hours to create them must be staggering. I especially like how each of your photos progressively zooms in so you can see the fine detail. Thanks for contributing to Monday Mural.

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  8. These are superb artistic creations and I agree with Oakland DP - your gradual revealing of the intricate workmanship in these tapestries makes one all the more appreciative. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. These are amazing. I can't imagine trying to create one.

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  10. Great architectural shot for MoM! I like the composition. And those tapestries are very beautiful. Thank you for taking part in Mandarin Orange Monday:)

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  11. I liked your Orange finds, beautiful!

    Visiting from MOM- hope you can stop by..

    http://www.cassandrasminicorner.com/2012/12/colorful-weave.html

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  12. One of the rare encounters we had with the hotel industry is when one of the boutique hotels in Melbourne engaged us for a short-term storage, as they were undergoing renovation. We saw some pieces of furniture and fixtures that were exquisite yet not too overshadowing. We recently visited the newly renovated hotel, and it looks very immaculate.

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