Afternoon Tea in Horsehair, sculpture by Sue Walker
Afternoon Tea in Horsehair, sculpture by Sue Walker.
1975, crochet, horsehair, wood, metal, 62 x 77 x 12.5cm. Photograph: Terence Bogue. Ararat Regional Art Gallery Collection. Purchased with the assistance of the Ararat Gallery Social Committee, 1975.
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Sue Walker is best known as the founding director of the Australian Tapestry Workshop (ATW) from 1976 to 2004. Prior to this, Walker was a fibre artist in her own right. In her history of the ATW, entitled "Artist's Tapestries", Walker compares the spirit of the times and described how these contrasted with aims of the nascent tapestry workshop: "...the aesthetic climate and the lifestyle of the 1970s as reflected in the arts and crafts were free, expressive and back to the earth. Spontaneous explorations of materials were often taken up as the leading work of the day: the concept of an art that required a high level of technical skill, a finely tuned aesthetic sensibility, and the discipline to work seriously over long house was not in step with the times."