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

Tapestry Commission Open Call 2016 - Winner Announced

Irish artist, 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 Open Call. Rothschild will be in residence at the Tapestry Studio working closely with Master Weavers to develop the final design. Rothschild was selected from 150 artists who submitted a design or concept to be hand woven by Master Weavers at the studio in early 2017. Entries were received from all over the UK, from the Isle of Skye to the Isle of Wight.

"I am delighted to be undertaking the tapestry commission at West Dean. I have a longstanding interest in the woven surface and pieces made using both existing hand woven rugs and woven paper and leather have had a presence in my practice for many years," says Rothschild. "All of my work in this area has been self-taught and the commission offers me the opportunity to collaborate the with master weavers at the highest level to develop a new artwork and to expand the vocabulary of my practice in general."

Image: 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.

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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