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Fay first came to Canberra in 1970 after living in Canada. She discovered weaving and joined ‘Canberra’s Spinners and Weavers‘ – an organisation that brings together people interested in spinning and weaving – and had been a member ever since.
During the 1980’s, as new parliament house was being designed, Fay came to the attention of the design consultants who had been commissioned to work on the project. Fay and her colleague Di Lansdown were asked to submit an expression of interest, as their practice enabled them to weave fabric to specific meterage and colour. They were awarded the commission and now Fay’s work covers the furniture in the Prime Ministers suite, the Opposition suite and the Speakers suite.
To find out more about Fay’s practice, you can watch her and and Di at work in her studio at Gorman Arts Centre in The Warp and The Weft – A weaving story of national significance.
Fay Skyring and Di Lansdown have been weaving some of Australia’s most exquisite fabric for the furnishings in New Parliament House since it opened. Many a president, prince and prime minister have planted their bottoms on Fay and Di’s fabric. Now they have to make enough to last for decades to come. This is their story…..
Produced for Canberra Museum & Gallery