“Australia” Tapestry by Martin Sharp


The OZ? Tapestry is a beautiful and vibrant piece of work. I love the colours and the simple way Martin Sharp has put all together.

The first thing I see when looking at it is the Southern Cross, which is right in the middle of the tapestry and has explosions coming out of it. I have read this is to represent the fireworks when we celebrate things like New Year’s Eve.

When I look at the First Fleet part, I had to laugh as Uluru is in the water. Sharp has a great way of putting all the things that are Australia in the tapestry.

Luna Park is there, and in the 1970s a fire in the Ghost Train happened with people dying. It reminds us that life is short and precious.

The hot sun is there as well. There are Aboriginal hand paintings of lost animals that we may never see again. Dingos fish and birds are all there.

The Harbour Bridge and Opera House are there, and Australia is there with Canberra marked for the National Capital.

Around the edges are lines from Bernard O’Dowd’s poem “Australia”. Martin Sharp has based this tapestry on this poem.

In the poem, O’Dowd is asking if we have made mistakes, by trying to make it look like England. He wants it to be a land of its own.

In the tapestry Sharp has portrayed that we have made Australia our own now, with bits of English influence there as well. I like this tapestry as it is simple and to the point. Anyone can see what he is trying to portray to the people.

8 thoughts on ““Australia” Tapestry by Martin Sharp

  1. I love this piece Jennifer! It captures beautifully the spirit of Australia as Martin Sharp interprets it. There are a few expression details that need fixing up. Please do these now! Thank you for all your good work!
    Editing Needed (and some workshop follow-ups- see Purdue Owl for help: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/
    * and in the 1970s fire in the Ghost Train happened = and in the 1970s a fire in the Ghost Train happened [ without the indefinite article “a” here the sentence is ungrammatical – read this aloud…. it does not make good sense. : small things can make such a difference!!! ]
    *hand paintings, lost animals= hand paintings of lost animals [you want to make sure that there is a clear link between the paintings and the animals…. ]
    *from Bernard O’Dowd poem “Australia”.= from Bernard O’Dowd’s poem “Australia”.- [the poem belongs to O’Dowd so you need an apostrophe s. See ‘s or s’ – Apostrophe- if there is a meaning of ownership ( the boy’s apple/ the boys’ apples) then you need an apostrophe. See http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/621/01/. But don’t use apostrophe s for normal plurals!!!]
    *Sharp has portrayed this we have made Australia our own now= Sharp has portrayed that we have made Australia our own now – [that not this… you are showing what Sharp has portrayed… ]
    *I like this tapestry as it is simple and to the point, Anyone can see what he is trying to portray to the people.= I like this tapestry as it is simple and to the point. Anyone can see what he is trying to portray to the people.- [I think you knew that “Anyone” was the beginning of a new sentence, but you just forgot to put the full stop in ! 🙂 – without a full stop this becomes technically a mistake called run on sentence. See http://www.englishforeveryone.org/Topics/Run-On-Sentences.htm.%5D

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  2. Good afternoon Nannieseven, 

    I really love how you interacted with the artwork provided, exploring the elements of the tapestry and how it represents culture. I really think if you wanted to elevate your writing, some grammatical editing would be needed. Furthermore a great tip I give my tutoring students is to avoid using the words ‘I’ and ‘we’. By doing this you will be forced to think of writing in a more formal way and automatically your writing will improve a lot. Also, it would be great to see you explain how you see these pictures in the tapestry through some imagery and similies, so that your writing is explosive as your source material. 

    I think overall you did a great job and these are only a few tips to improve on some already great insights. 

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  3. Hi Jennifer, I really loved your interpretation of Martin Sharp’s artwork. I love your succinct yet descriptive language! As someone who blathers on before getting to the point I really appreciate your directness. It’s a beautiful piece and you describe it beautifully. He does really capture the essence of Australia. Thank you for sharing!

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