Philip Sanderson

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The course covers the different ways in which an image can be translated in tapestry weaving. Students will learn how to select and develop an image for translation, and how to make and use a cartoon. The course also covers numerous techniques within the weaving to enable students to get the desired effect.


Are there any particular techniques/processes you use in your teaching?

I teach by demonstration and one-to-one tuition.

What inspires your own work?

My work is rooted in a Landscape tradition; I work usually with photographic imagery that is then translated into woven tapestry. Artist’s work I admire include Gerhard Richter, Ed Ruscha, John Virtue, Barbara Rae, Yinka Shonibare, Patrick Caulfield, Aino Kajaniemi, I could go on and on!

Where can students see examples of your work?

Tapestries that I have designed and woven at West Dean can be seen at St Richards Hospital, Chichester, The Surrey History Centre, Woking, The New Parliamentary Building, Westminster, Chelmsford Cathedral and St Lawrence’s Church, Seal Chart, Kent. I also have a tapestry on display in the Craft Collection at Hove Museum.

Where did you gain your training/experience?

After my Foundation at Cleveland College of Art I studied Tapestry Weaving as part of the Constructed Textiles BA (Hons) course at Middlesex University, I then did an MA in Tapestry Weaving at the Royal College of Art.

What teaching experience have you had?

I have taught as a visiting lecturer at Middlesex University, and taught tapestry weaving workshops at Goldsmiths College and run diagnostic workshops with the Tapestry and Textile Art Students at West Dean. I have held other tapestry workshop sessions at Cothele House and of course at West Dean College

Is your work in any public or private collections?

I have tapestries in the Government Art Collection and the Craft Collection at Hove Museum. I also have work in private collections.

Have you written any books/had articles published?

No, but my work for the Tapestry Studio has been featured in periodicals such as Crafts magazine and I recently had a couple of profiles published in Art of England and Church building magazine.

Do you belong to any professional groups/societies?

I am a studio holding member of Artspace Portsmouth.

Philip Sanderson is creative director of the West Dean Tapestry Studio. Commissions include designs for two tapestries for the new parliamentary building, Westminster.