Field of Flowers

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Images c. Stephen Menzies

Field of Flowers

Islamic Textiles from Safavid to Sumatra

Stephen will focus on the motifs and techniques of Islamic textiles from the Safavid and Ottoman courts through to contemporary Islamic practice in Sumatra. He will use a variety of examples from the Ottoman tradition including a portion of a splendid embroidered canopy and a selection of silks from a German collection (duplicates of the Safavid textile collection in the German Textile Museum at Krefeld, published in: “Und Blumen Sing” 1988). These wonderful designs of flower and leaves continue to inspire our modern taste.

Stephen is a Sydney lawyer who has collected Islamic textiles for 30 years, since he lived in London. A number of Stephen’s pieces come from Alex Biancardi, who was a well-known dealer and a collector of Asian sculpture and textiles, as well as a generous donor to both the Victoria and Albert Museum London and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Light Refreshments will be served.

Getting There:

Driving directions

Drive north on Kent Street, turn right into Argyle Street, turn right again into Watson Road and follow it around past the Sydney Observatory to the National Trust Centre.

Free Parking is available on site.

Public Transport directions

Bus: Route 311 terminates at Argyle Street. Walk up Watson Road, Observatory Hill and follow the signs.

Train/Ferry: to Wynyard or Circular Quay and proceed as below.

Walking Directions

From Circular Quay
Walk to George Street in The Rocks. Turn left into Argyle Street and walk under the famous Argyle Cut to climb the stairs opposite the Garrison Church. Turn left at the top of the stairs and follow Watson Road past the Sydney Observatory to the National Trust Centre.

From Wynyard and the city
At No. 1 York Street walk through the expressway underpass. Follow the tunnel, keeping to the right, until you come up on Kent Street. Walk along Kent Street to the Agar Steps, or follow the approach to the Bridge, which will take you past the National Trust Centre on your left.

From Kent Street
Follow the historic Agar Steps (opposite the Observatory Hotel) up to the National Trust Centre.


14 November, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEDT
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