Tapestry Studio

One of the only professional tapestry studios in the UK

Since 1976 the Tapestry Studio has worked with professional artists and designers to translate their images into woven tapestry. From Henry Moore and Tracy Emin to John Piper and Howard Hodgkin the Tapestry Studio has produced a wide and varied body of work for clients including the Houses of Parliament, The Mercers Company, The White Cube Gallery and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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The West Dean Tapestry Symposium 2017: Call for Papers

Contemporary Art and Tapestry - Artists Meet Their Maker

West Dean Tapestry Studio invites proposals for 20-minute papers to be presented at its bi-annual symposium. Artists Meet Their Makers is the subject for 2017 and we welcome presentations that engage with the relationship between art and craft, as well as questioning the role of making and the maker in contemporary practice.

Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • The role of skills-based making in contemporary art
  • How craft can be understood as the language of material
  • The impact of skills-based making on art education
  • The relationship between the artist and maker

We welcome proposals from artists and makers working in media other than tapestry.

Proposals of no more than 300-words should be submitted to: Alison Baxter thetapestrystudio@westdean.org.uk by 31 January 2017.

Proposals must include the following:

  • Applicant's name
  • Affiliated institution (if applicable)
  • Title of the presentation
  • links to website (if applicable)
  • Full contact details

Selection of papers will be announced by mid-February 2017.

Find out more about the Tapestry Symposium

British Designer Transforms a London Flat

British Designer Transforms a London Flat With Bold Color…

International interior designer, Faye Toogood, was given carte blanche to conceive a complete universe in Mayfair's neighbourhood. "It was like creating a living work of art," says Toogood.

Nearly everything for the London home of an American couple was custom made and Faye 'chose to work exclusively with British materials and craftspeople'. West Dean's Tapestry Studio collaborated with the designer to create a made-to-order tapestry for the master bedroom. Storm, woven in shades of sapphire with bespoke hand-dyed yarns, was hand woven by Philip Sanderson, master weaver at the Chichester studio.

Read the full article on the New York Times website.

(Bedroom image credit: Tobias Harvey)

Project Gallery

Artist: Tracey Emin, weavers: Caron Penney and Philip Sanderson. The tapestry was shown at COLLECT 2011, at the Saatchi Gallery
West Dean Tapestry Studio was commissioned to weave a unique piece of textile art Called Play, designed by British designer Faye Toogood. The tapestry formed part of Faye Toogood’s Furniture and Coats Roly-Poly Assemblage No. 4, to be exhibited at the Internazionale Salone del Mobile.
Nowhere, woven by Philip Sanderson’s was produced for Sheffield Museum’s Exhibition ‘Can Art Save Us?’ and is one of only 4 works commissioned by the museum.
The tapestries for Stirling Castle were woven by the West Dean Tapestry Studio working alongside Historic Scotland and the Historic Scotland Foundation. It took three weavers, Caron Penney, Katharine Swailes and Jo Howard, a total of 16,647 working hours to complete this one tapestry over three and a half years.
Designed and woven by Philip Sanderson.
Adrian Berg woven by West Dean Tapestry Studio

Open Studios

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. Tel 01243 818233 or 811301


For details on commissioning a tapestry, or to buy a tapestry
please contact Alison Baxter, Head of Creative Enterprise.

Tel +44 (0)1243 818262
Email alison.baxter@westdean.org.uk

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