Eva Rothschild, a leading sculptor who has gained extensive international recognition for her work, has been named winner of West Dean Tapestry Studio's first ever Tapestry Commission. Rothschild has since been in residence at the The West Dean Tapestry Studio working closely with Master Weaver Philip Sanderson and the final design titled Thefallowfield is on show at Collect 2018 Saatchi Gallery 22-25 February 2018.
This was an exceptional opportunity for artists working in any discipline to propose a tapestry to be hand-woven by Master Weavers at the West Dean Tapestry Studio. We invited artists to propose bold and imaginative ideas, no experience of working with tapestry is necessary.
West Dean Tapestry Studio specialises in contemporary design and weaving using traditional techniques. The Master Weavers are dedicated to working closely with artists and have developed an outstanding portfolio of work, including previous commissions from Tracey Emin, Martin Creed, John Piper, Eileen Agar, Basil Beattie, and Henry Moore.
Artists working in any medium are invited to propose a design or concept for a tapestry to be woven by Master Weavers at the West Dean Tapestry Studio. This opportunity includes a three-week residency at West Dean College which will enable the successful applicant to work closely with the Master Weavers to expand their knowledge of the weaving process and develop the final design. The residency can be taken in one three-week block or over a period of up to three months. At the end of the development stage the Master Weavers will weave the tapestry.
'West Dean work in the most traditional way and it totally lent itself to my images. They are incredibly sympathetic and intuitive and understanding towards the colours and forms in my work. I am delighted with the work done in translating my work to the woven form.'Tracey Emin
"Working with the Tapestry Studio at West Dean College was an absolute pleasure. The master weavers translated my vision into a beautiful piece of art and the attention to detail is unparalleled."Faye Toogood