Australian Tapestry Workshop – The Gordion Knot Project – Designed by Keith Tyson

On Saturday 25th July the ATW opened its doors to welcome visitors as part of the annual Open House Melbourne Weekend. I was one of the curious Melbournians who want to know more about this beautiful city, so with Roxy (my puppy guide dog) and Paul (my husband), we look into buildings around South Melbourne area.

Open House Melbourne Weekend gives visitors the chance to look at buildings of significance , such as the ATW, and others that you otherwise would have no access to.

It is a weekend of invitations and wonder into the outstanding houses, buildings, gardens and infrastructure that illustrate Melbourne’s landscape, while reflecting how we once lived and worked, it also give us opportunities to look into the future of our city.

My visit to ATW left me filled with wonder and admiration with past and present work in progress, once again Melbourne and its people left me happily surprised.

On the occasion of my visit the artist Chris Cochius was working on the tapestry “Gordian Knot”, she showed me the different pieces that make the tapestry, Chris explained that some of the knots were specially developed for this commission, working closely with the artist Keith Tyson, who design and asked the ATW to execute his vision.

The work is scheduled to finish around December, I have asked the ATW to visit and report on their progress on my blog, Chris and the team at ATW kindly allowed me to do so.

Watch this space for more on the “Gordion Knot Project”


Australian Tapestry Workshop 262-266 Park Street South Melbourne Vic. 3205

“The Gordian Knot is a legend of Phrygian Gordium associated with Alexander the Great. It is often used as a metaphor for an intractable problem (disentangling an “impossible” knot) solved easily by cheating or “thinking outside the box” (“cutting the Gordian knot”). In this design a central knot of fibres come together to form a modern day Gordian Knot, biological, technological, cosmological, mythological and sociological evolutions all being woven together as a reflection of the world.”


Gordian Knot 2015 Designed by Keith Tyson, woven by Chris Cochius, Pamela Joyce and Milena Paplinska


Detail of The Gordion Knot Tapestry. You can see this detail on the top left side of the final tapestry it depicts the octopus back.


Detail of the tapestry. You can see this detail on the right hand side towards the bottom of the tapestry.


Detail of the tapestry. The snake head can be seen throughout the tapestry


Photo of the master weaver Chris Cochius at work.

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