Internationally Renowned Professional Tapestry Studio
Artist in residence, leading sculptor Eva Rothschild, collaborated with our tutor and master weaver Phil Sanderson at the West Dean Tapestry Studio. This follows our Open Call in 2016, possibly the first UK Tapestry Open Call. This collaboration will see a unique, hand woven tapestry produced at the West Dean Tapestry Studio.
The new tapestry The Fallowfield from Eva Rothschild was 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, has given 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 has been woven by Master Weavers.
View the tapestry that was on show at Collect 2018 and the cutting of the tapestry below.
West Dean Tapestry Studio Symposium 2017 focused on the relationship between art and craft, as well as questioning the role of making and the maker in contemporary practice.
The Symposium expolored how collaborations between artists and makers can inform each other's practice, through a number of speakers, including artists currently working with the Tapestry Studio. It will explore how tapestry can tap into a the current interest in skill-based making in contemporary art.
View the tapestry symposium presentations:
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