Day 1 in Melbourne

It's a bit wet here today but I think it might be wetter in cairns over the next few days! James has the house all ready and he's been making lots of bread, I'm sure they'll be fine.  I managed to stifle the urge to jump off the plane last night, he's a great dad and I have lots of faith in his capabilities! So I walked most places today since we're staying so close to the city, and I started with the Tapestry workshop in South Melbourne. I found the Blackman hotel on the way which also looks great but I'm not so sure how relaxing it would be to sleep near all his Alice paintings.

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The Tapestry workshop was great, they have such an amazing space there and I got to have a look around the exhibition they were packing away with the curator.

I know it's not quilting but it's still textiles and worth a visit if you have a chance.

www.austapestry.com.au

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After that I walked into the city and visited the Stephen McLaughlan gallery as today was the last day of their textile exhibition organic intimacy.

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Ema Shin

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Cheryl Hutchens

The exhibition was really interesting, lots of different ways to use fabric to make a point.

My last stop for the day was at the NGV in federation square. Some of the work there was incredible, and I was pleased to see so many textiles incorporated into the collection. Even in the older galleries they have installed some textile works now, such as this embroidered bodice from 1900.

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In the contemporary galleries there were a huge proportion of works with a textile element, starting with these massive denim collages

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Tony Garifalakis

and this canvas work from Georgina Cue (who is even younger than me and has work in the national Gallery! Inspirational!)

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and my absolute favorite piece, the carrier

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it's hard to see clearly in this pic but it is just stunning and so realistic, I actually felt a bit uncomfortable looking at it closely.

Here is Mum helping me spot the Streeton

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We finished our day with dinner in a little place off Collins St and Haighs chocolate!

Ok, so it's been a huge day after a huge week and tomorrow will be even better as we're visiting the AQC so I'm off to bed. Please cross your fingers and toes for the people in far north Queensland that everybody stays safe tonight.