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A previous article introduced readers to the woman behind the design of the National Capital, Marion Mahony Griffin who was truly a woman of genius.
There have been several activities to mark her 150th birthday and the National Capital Authority has a few more for you to enjoy.
There is something for everyone: an exhibition, a family activity, a sewing workshop AND you can still feed your mind while you exercise around central basin, with the Marion Markers.
Now, an exhibition is on display, called Marion Mahony Griffin: A Woman of Genius. This display looks at several facets of this fascinating woman—she was so much more than just Walter’s wife—and includes images of her work not often seen in Australia. This will be on display at the National Capital Exhibition, Regatta Point, for the next twelve months.
This amazing woman was not only an innovative architect, artist and designer, she also believed that the idea of fairies and a magical world allowed children to develop their imaginations.
On Saturday 7 August families are invited to join in a Magical Marion Lantern Walk. Come in the National Capital Exhibition to make your lantern at 4 pm or bring your own lantern and join the walk, starting at 5 pm from the same place. Step-by-step craft instructions available here. Battery-operated tealights will be provided for the lanterns.
Families will walk along the lake at the center of the Griffin’s city design, to Rond Terrace. As the sun sets, look across the water to the heart of the National Capital, which Marion helped design. The walk will then return through Commonwealth Park, to see if the fairies are about. Don’t forget to dress warmly and be prepared for walking!
Finally, on Saturday 28 August, a sewing workshop will be held at the National Capital Exhibition. Marion was artistically stylish but eminently practical. She favoured loose-fitting, colourful frocks. When the 20s bob became the rage she was quick to get rid of her heavy braided hair too.
Making With Marion will introduce participants to the famous 1920s ‘One Hour Dress’. Practical, stylish (and did I mention comfortable?) it is simple to make and almost infinitely variable.
Invented by a young Englishwoman it allowed time-poor home sewers to be fashionable on a budget. Sound like anyone you know? If you can cut a straight line and sew around a curve, you’ll be able to make this dress!
So if you want to know more about this fierce femme who helped make Canberra what it is today—the National Capital Exhibition is the place to be.
Roslyn Hull is the Attractions Manager for the National Capital Authority.
Feature image: National Capital Authority