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Gordian Knot Tapestry completed by the Australian Tapestry Workshop

Keith Tyson has been in collaboration with the ATW since 2014 to complete Gordian Knot, a tapestry in tondo with a diameter of 244 cm.

The Gordian Knot is a legend often used as a metaphor for an intractable problem. In this design a central knot of fibres come together to form a modern day Gordian Knot. Biological, technological, cosmological, mythological and sociological evolutions are woven together of the various strands, the strata of compressed time forming slowly into a reflection of the world.

The project has been an enormous challenge for the ATW, due to the size and complexities of the design and the circular shape of the work. In certain areas of the tapestry different weaving techniques including sumac and double warp create a three dimensional quality. The background colour is designed to recede into the display wall so the complex and colourful knot stands out.

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