Oz Tapestry By Martin Sharp

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This tapestry was designed by Martin Sharp as his visual interpretation of Bernard O’Dowd’s poem titled, Australia. It is a beautiful piece of artwork that involves different bright colours and distinct images that were put together in one place. Here, we can see Captain Cook’s ship sailing towards the land now called Australia in a clear blue sky. The images presented here are all Australian icons such as Uluru or Ayers rock, Opera house, dingo, aboriginal hand print, the Harbour Bridge, the Luna park that was caught on fire. The fish and the starfish represents the Great Barrier Reef. The starry, bursting images in the middle represent New Year’s Eve celebration.

Among other images, the Harbour Bridge, though partly hidden serves as the centrepiece of the artwork due to its size and its placement. Apart from the fact that it is an Australian icon, it can also be interpreted as an important structure allowing a nation to grow. This describes what Australia is today– a developed country. The Southern cross can also be seen. This forms part of the bridge’s pillars. The five white star of the Southern cross in the middle are part of the national flag of Australia. The map of Australia is there to show that these images are part of this country.

With its beautiful design and unique presentation of these images, Martin Sharp’s Oz tapestry is both captivating and entertaining.

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6 thoughts on “Oz Tapestry By Martin Sharp

    1. Hi sensibillitiessite, thank you for your comments. I did capitalise them at first and then I changed it coz the other icons that I’ve mentioned were in small letters. I thought they looked awkward when the others are in small letters coz they’re all in one sentence. I’ll edit later.

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  1. Vivian, your description of the tapestry is powerful and relevant. You need to make a few minor corrections to your expression and your piece will really shine out. Well done! Please go through and make all the changes that I have suggested…. Good work!
    MG
    Editing Needed (and some workshop follow-ups- see Purdue Owl for help: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/
    * Bernard O’Dowd’s poem titled, Australia. = Bernard O’Dowd’s poem titled, “Australia”. [ use double inverted commas around the titles of poems- that is the MLA convention. ]
    *Australian icons such as uluru or ayers rock, opera house, dingo, aboriginal hand print, the harbour bridge and the luna park that was caught on fire.= Australian icons such as Uluru or Ayers Rock, the
    Sydney Opera House, dingo, aboriginal hand print, The Sydney Harbour bridge and Luna Park that caught on fire. – [ a few things here: you don’t need “a” in front of Luna Park- there is only one of them; also proper nouns (that is the names of special named things -like Uluru- must begin with a capital letter), common nouns -like dingo or poodle or dog- don’t need a capital letter].
    *the great barrier reef= this is all one big proper noun, the name of a special, named, place: The Great Barrier Reef
    *The starry, bursting images in the middle represents …=The starry, bursting images in the middle represent ……. [images (plural)….. represent (plural verb form). Compare: the image…. represents (singular/ singular). See Agreement of Subject and Verb. Plural nouns need plural verbs and singular nouns need singular verbs. What should this be? http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/595/01/%5D
    *Among other images, the harbour bridge,= Among other images, The Harbour Bridge,- [proper noun, name of an iconic Australian image…. ]
    *an important structure to make a nation grow = an important structure allowing a nation to grow ….
    *which described what Australia is today– a developed country. = NEW SENTENCE: This describes what Australia is today– a developed country.
    *The Southern cross= The Southern Cross
    *The Southern cross can also be seen which forms part of the bridge’s pillars.= The Southern cross can also be seen. This forms part of the bridge’s pillars.
    *The tiny white star on the left side, the five white stars and the southern cross in the middle – [this description is confusing. Could you say: The five white stars of the southern cross in the middle are part of the national flag of Australia. —— always try to keep it simple. ]
    *The map of Australia is there to project that these images are all belonged to her. =The map of Australia is there to show that all these images are part of this country.
    *Sharp’s Oz? tapestry= I don’t think you need a ? after Oz….. ???

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  2. Hey Vivian,

    I just read your blog on Martin Sharp’s Oz Tapestry and I found it quite insightful. I liked how you really pulled the artwork apart and looked directly at some of its many features like Captain Cook’s ship as well as the dingo and Luna Park in flames (which I didn’t see at first). I like also how you connected the Sydney Harbour Bridge to its part in growing and developing the country as it was originally built for that purpose.

    The only issues that I may bring up is one, maybe go into a tiny detail in how it made you feel potentially just to give the blog a more personal feel. Another small thing to bring up is to just be careful with some of your punctuation and grammar choices, minor changes in this can assist in the easy flow of reading when going through it.

    Apart from that a really nice piece Vivian, keep up the good work.

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  3. Hey Vivian,

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog. I study art as another one of my units and I believe you have formally analysed the tapestry’s icons and deeper meanings with great insight.

    I particularly like your last line, “With its beautiful design and unique presentation of these images, Martin Sharp’s Oz? tapestry is both captivating and entertaining” I have never thought of tapestry as being anything other than something to hang on a wall, and I appreciate your point of view and it has prompted me to think more about the artistic skill and captivating nature of making such a complex piece of work. I admire the way in which you have expressed clearly the symbols of each Australian icon and its subsequent reflection within society today.

    The only criticism I would give is to make sure you capitalise your pronouns, as; Opera, Uluru, Ayers Rock, Aboriginal… as these are names of places and important things.

    Well done on you blog!

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