Textile Conservation Centre
Size: 1 m square
Artist: two Winchester College of Art students
Weaver: Jo Howard
The Textile Conservation Centre in Winchester wanted a tapestry of a metre square as a test piece to monitor the degradation and movement within a piece of weaving, making this project a marriage of ancient craft and technology. The weaving, by Jo Howard, had to be representative of a medieval textile in its use of technique and yarn. The tapestry was woven using a woollen warp and only wool and pure silk were used as weft threads. Very delicate optical fibres containing the monitors had to be incorporated into the weave and these proved quite a challenge for the studio when the tapestry was completed and had to be blocked-out.