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Artists Meet their Makers - Contemporary art re-interpreted by West Dean Tapestry Studio

Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham

Free event

West Dean Tapestry Studio is delighted to announce a new exhibition that will shine a light on both artist and Master Weaver with equal intensity and explore how a dialogue and language is established between both parties.

Works, samples and the development of colour palettes on display will include commissions with leading contemporary artists Tracey Emin, Michael Brennand-Wood, Basil Beattie, and Henry Moore alongside original work by the Studio's Master Weavers.

There will be new pieces by artists Rebecca Salter and Biggs & Collings, both working in tapestry for the first time and commissioned specifically for the show.

"If it were just going to be a colour reproduction I wouldn't be interested," said Moore. "It is because it is a translation from one medium into another and has to be different that you get the surpriseā€¦ the beauty of tapestry is that it is different, an interpretation, and that is to me the excitement and the pleasure".

Transformer is a design for textiles by Michael Brennand-Wood and hand woven in 2012 by Philip Sanderson, Master Weaver at West Dean. "The constructed aspect of textiles is what interests me, the building of an image. I tend to make everything myself, but this is clearly a different process," says Brennand-Wood who is internationally regarded as one of the most innovative and inspiring artists working in textiles. "At a certain stage, I handed the image over to Philip. I kept thinking it's like handing over the master tapes to be re-mixed. It was really exciting to see how the imagery is interpreted once the weaving begins."

Artists Meet their Makers will be curated by Liz Cooper, contemporary craft curator and project manager with a background in art textiles and a strong grounding in contemporary visual arts.

Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7DS

Find out more about the Artist meet their Makers Exhibition.

Title: Uncovered, Size: 60cm x 60cm, Artists: Emma Biggs & Matthew Collings
Title: Transformer, Artists: Michael Brennand-Wood
Artwork by Rebecca Salter, RA, tapestry to be designed and handwoven by Philip Sanderson at West Dean Tapestry Studio.
Master Weaver Philip Sanderson weaving the tapestry at West Dean Tapestry Studio.
Master Weaver Philip Sanderson weaving the tapestry at West Dean Tapestry Studio.