A display of colourful knitted and crocheted flowers is displayed hanging in a window. The flowers are gathered together in discs the same size as a bicycle wheel. Bicycle wheels are also hung amongst the discs.

Colourful blooms brighten a Melbourne winter

The “Winter Garden Project” is the latest brainchild of textile artist Lynn Berry OAM (of “5000 Poppies” fame).

Lynn has curated thousands of hand-crafted yarn blooms submitted by crafters all around Australia (and beyond) into sixty-three colourful motifs mounted onto recycled bicycle wheels. They were on display in the Fracture Gallery, Federation Square, Melbourne from late July to late August 2019 – the gloomiest months of winter – and provided the city with a much-needed injection of colour and happiness.

Being involved in community art projects, such as this, is a whole lot of fun and a great opportunity to meet new people – I can highly recommend it! Social media is probably the best way of finding groups in your area to be a part of. Every contribution is valued, no matter how meagre or “amateur”. The resulting display is far greater than the sum of its parts.

If you would like more information on the “Winter Garden Project”, or Lynn Berry’s other work, go to https://lynnberry.wordpress.com/2019/07/23/wintergarden-is-blooming-in-fed-square/ .

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Trudi Skene

Trudi is a past guest editor of Lutheran Women and is a member of Outer Eastern Lutheran Church, Victoria.

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