Anyway, Prince Charles and his wife visited the Australian Tapestry Workshop today. (One of many links here.) It is part of a visit to Australia to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year.
Here is a quote from some information sent out by the ATW.
We are delighted to have this opportunity to introduce His Royal Highness to the Workshop, including the Embassy Tapestry program, recent commissions for Northern Hospital and Warrnambool Base Hospital, and our high-quality Australian wool. A highlight of the visit will be an exhibition and workshop by students from Coolaroo South Primary School. These students spent four days last week working with arts educators from the Prince's School of Traditional Arts (PSTA) in London, artist Nusra Latif Qureshi and educators from the Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG).It appears that the children didn't get the public holiday for Melbourne Cup day - they seem to have been at the ATW. Lucky them, what an opportunity.
Let's hope this raises public interest in tapestry weaving.
The visitors then set off for the Melbourne Cup to award prizes. It has been a strange day, weather-wise: mostly cloudy and humid but there are thunderstorms around at the moment, with rain. I forgot to listen to or watch the race, so I don't know if they got it in before the rain came.
Still, most of the Fashions in the Field would have been over before the rain - I hope. At least it wasn't cold, which it has been other years. Typical spring weather - unpredictable.
The ATW is also going to have an open day as part of the Print Weave Make event. The weave part will be on November 17th.
The Print part will be on November 10th, at the Australian Print Workshop.
The Make day is on November 24th, at Craft and will have two jewellers demonstrating their art from 12 - 3.