The meeting of poetry and tapestry!
I went to an exhibition “The Lady and the Unicorn” with Etchings by Melbourne artist Arthur Boyd based on interpretations of the words of poet Peter Porter on 13th July 2012. The poems are based on a historical fiction novel about French tapestries featuring a beautiful lady and a unicorn. It is about a love story and mythical tale about a lady and a unicorn who love each other but find it hard to be together. This exhibition comes from NSW – The Bundanon Trust.
The story was explained (kid’s version poetry) by artist and Bundanon Trust Education Manager – Mary Preece.
Arthur Boyd’s art from activity booklet from Bundanon Trust.
Mum found it interesting that there was a picture incorporating Noah’s Ark as well into the poetry of the story.
I also did an activity booklet provided to learn about the story, see my pictures below.
The trapped unicorn in a cage.
However, in the end in this poetry version they do go to heaven and are together for eternity.
This is my interpretation of some of the story – my poem.
The Lady and the Unicorn
There once was a unicorn,
With a glamorous horn,
With an enemy king,
Who was really thinking,
how to catch the animal for his zoo..
The unicorn fell in love,
With a lady wearing white like a dove,
But the unicorn was betrayed,
On a very, very fateful day,
By the lady.
At the lady’s wedding,
She found herself weeping,
For the unicorn was gone forever,
But the unicorn came back,
And they went to heaven together.
And they lived there for eternity
I also went to the workshop run by Mary Preece – “Weaving a Myth” – where I weaved some beautiful artwork. A tapestry to be precise – see pictures below.
It was a challenge for me trying to find the right ribbon and right side of the fabric, and to place them in an interesting way in the frame. I enjoyed the weaving because when I finished my work it looked fantastic!!
Recommended age: 9-12yrs.