Textile Conservation Centre
The Textile Conservation Centre in Winchester wanted a tapestry of a meter sq. to use as a test piece, for them to monitor the degradation and movement within a piece of weaving.
As part of the brief, the weaving had to be representative of a medieval textile in its use of technique and yarn. To this end the tapestry was woven using a woollen warp and only wool and pure silk were used as weft threads.
The design for the piece was a collaboration by two students at Winchester College of Art and encompassed the scientific formula Force = Pressure and was taken from an image akin to a thermal image used to measure pressure.
During the translation of the image into tapestry, very delicate optical fibers 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 (a technique involving the pinning down of the tapestry and hot clothes being applied).
But the marriage of the ancient craft of tapestry and technology was as success and the work is now being monitored at the Textile Conservation Centre and will shortly go on public display at Intech in Winchester.
The design was adapted to tapestry form and woven by Jo Howard.