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.

Latest News

West Dean Tapestry Commission Open Call 2016 - Shortlist announced

Judges at West Dean Tapestry Studio have today announced the shortlist for the first ever Tapestry Open Call. Over 150 artists, based in the UK and working in different disciplines, submitted a design or concept to be handwoven by Master Weavers at the internationally renowned Studio. It was established 40 years ago and specialises in contemporary design using traditional hand-weaving techniques.

The shortlisted artists are: Katja Angeli, Fiona Curran, Rebecca Lennon, David Musgrave, Eva Rothschild, Sarah Staton, Ian Whittlesea. Please see gallery below.

The winning artist will be announced on Monday 3 October and will spend a three-week residency at West Dean College working closely with Master Weavers expanding their knowledge of the handweaving process to develop the final design which will be woven in 2017.

Tapestry Commission Open Call - Shortlisted Artists

Artist: Katja Angeli. Title: Conspitators 2016. Medium: Chine colle and print on Japanese paper. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.
Artist: Fiona Curran. Title: As colours pour from tar 2016. Medium: Bitumen on Fabric, Bitumen on Found Kilim, Needlepoint. Dimensions: Wall piece - 87 x 31 cms, Floor piece - 60 x 55 cms.
Artist: Rebecca Lennon. Title: EAT MY BANKRUPTCY BABY 2016. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.
Artist: David Musgrave. Title: Rope animal, 2008. Medium: Graphite on paper 50 x 64 cm. Photo: Marcus Leith. Courtesy of greengrassi, London; Luhring Augustine, New York.
Artist: Eva Rothschild. Title: What I Want 2014. Medium: Jesmonite, Fibreglass, Wood, Aluminium, Papier-mache, Plaster Bandage, Paint, Lacquer, Steel 188 x 265 x 177 cm. Photo: Courtesy of the artist. The artwork on the wall behind is; Title: The Xs and the Ys 2014. Medium: Resin, Wool, Steel Frame 184 x 128 x 3 cm. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.
Artist: Sarah Staton. Title: The Esperanto of Currency 2015. Threshold sculpture at FILET, London. Medium: Cast Concrete with Marble Dust 90 x 60 cm. Photo: Courtesy of the artist, Photography Ben Westoby.
Artist: Ian Whittlesea. Title: White Cloud Forming (paintings in progress). Photo: Courtesy the artist & Marlborough Contemporary.

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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