What’s at the art of tapestry?
After a successful career in film and TV costume design Katharine Swailes completed the West Dean Postgraduate Diploma in Tapestry Weaving, followed by the Professional Development Diploma. Katharine became a Master Weaver and Designer in 2000 and joined the West Dean Tapestry Studio 2009. The Studio accepts commissions both public and private, large and small scale. Previous commissions include Black Cat and Rose Virgin for the artist Tracey Emin and hand woven by Katharine.
The tapestry was seven times larger than the designer's original drawing and a project of this type would normally take at least 14 weeks to weave. The Studio master weavers are also expert dyers and are able to create customized dyes for each individual work. However, rather than spending precious time in the in-house dye lab creating new dye recipes, all the yarns had to come from stock.
You can read the full story in the Summer Issue (No. 254) of the Journal of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.