Quarantined Tapestry? There's a first! But Australia Opens in Goolwa
Tapestry has an extr-ordinary exit from Europe and an extra-ordinary landing in Australia
... but as they say in Australia: "She'll be right!"
The tapestry's Welcome Party laid on by Goolwa's stitchers was a tad delayed. It eventually formally took place on Friday November 13th - just to prove that myths can be overcome!
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We always knew Customs in Europe and in Australia didn't work weekends but we didn't know that Australia Customs were going on strike or that they would see fit to quarantine the tapestry for a wee while. But they did. So the plans gang agly.
Leah Grace, pictured left, was an exemplar of patient goodwill at her gallery in Goolwa; and Helmsdale's Jenny Bruce [right], who is the Tapestry's Tour Director DownUnder until end April, had her baptism of fire. Here they are below, smiling - at least for the camera. And Leah holds the final Velcro in readiness to apply!
And of course, Goolwa being a hotbed of the Scottish diaspora, there were plenty of willing helpers to get the artwork on the walls. There was the Mayor on hand to open the exhibition, pictured betwixt with Estelle Farwell and Jenny Bruce, dancers, the Piper of course, Ron Layton from Flinders University, and stitchers from the South Coast Embroiderers Guild ... all clearly greatly enjoying the occasion [and the artwork]!
Published Date: November 15th 2015