Internationally Renowned Professional Tapestry Studio
Eva Rothschild, a leading sculptor and artist-in-residence at the College during 2017-18 collaborated with tutor and master weaver Phil Sanderson at the West Dean Tapestry Studio. The result of the collaboration was her first tapestry, The Fallowfield, which was acquired by Tate in 2019 and part of the Tate Britain Exhibition Walk Through British Art: 60 Years. It was also on show at Collect 2018.
Eva is primarily known as a sculptor, although she has always engaged with ways of making associated with textiles, most specifically weaving and rug making, and has a longstanding interest in the ways that artists have engaged with textile making. This commission, coordinated by Master Weaver, Philip Sanderson, gave Rothschild the opportunity to learn the principles of tapestry weaving with expert tutorage in the professional studio. Learning these principles has informed the final design which was woven by master weavers. The collaboration began following our Tapestry Open Call in 2016, possibly the first of its kind in the UK.
The Fallowfield is pictured below.
You are invited to view West Dean Tapestry Studio and meet the weavers at our open Studios on Wednesdays 1.30-2pm. Groups are asked to book in advance please.
Please phone the Studio beforehand to make appointments and check that it will be open, on 01243 818233 or 01243 811301.
For further details on commissioning a tapestry, please contact
Philip Sanderson, Studio Leader, who will be pleased to provide
further information or arrange a visit to the Studio.
Tel: 01243 818233