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New Book on Tapestry Weaving

Caron Penney, Director of West Dean Tapestry Studio has contributed an essay on weaving techniques and the work of the West Dean Tapestry Studio for a new book Tapestry: A Woven Narrative.


Caron Penney says: “I’m delighted to have been involved in the production of such a beautiful book on Tapestry Weaving. The craft of tapestry weaving is often shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding. This book is a true celebration of the medium.”


Tapestry: A Woven Narrative is a review of contemporary tapestry design, discussing the progression from early designs to tapestry production today. The book looks in detail at the current tapestry scene, in which weavers and artists across the globe have begun appropriating the medium to present their work and ideas in a previously unexplored fashion, creating a fascinating juxtaposition between the socio-cultural documentation of many historical works and the more abstract, contemporary and personal themes often dealt with in tapestries today.


The publication includes works from notable modern artists such as Tracey Emin, Annika Ekdahl, Chuck Close, Fred Tomaselli, Marta Rogoyska, Archie Brennan, RB Kitaj and Lynne Curran. In addition, the publication also looks at the output of the Dovecot Studios, West Dean Tapestry Studio, and the Australian Tapestry Workshop, the three most eminent studios of their kind in the world. Tapestry: A Woven Narrative also discusses the practical aspects of tapestry production, taking in both historical methods and those employed by the few specialist tapestry houses flourishing in the world.

With insightful original texts from experts in the field: curator Timothy Wilcox, noted academic Fiona Mathison and eminent weaver and West Dean Studio Director Caron Penney. Beautifully illustrated, Tapestry is a stunning and comprehensive exploration of this historical -but progressive - tradition.

To buy the book from Amazon click on the link below.

Tapestry: A Woven Narrative

photograph of Caron Penney by Steve Speller. The other images featured are examples of the recent Tracey Emin tapestries woven by the Studio.