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.

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John Piper Exhibition

A new exhibition John Piper: The Fabric of Modernism at Pallant House Gallery run from 12 March to 12 June 2016. The exhibition is the first to focus on the English artist's textile work. The exhibition will feature original archive photographs of the series of art tapestries Foliate Heads woven in the 1980s by West Dean Tapestry Studio in collaboration with Piper (1903 - 1992) one of the leading Modernist artists of the 20th century. Shown alongside related paintings and other studies the archive materials will demonstrate how Piper's designs were intricately connected with his wider work.

"West Dean Tapestry Studio has a long established history of working with artists, designers and weavers to translate an artwork into a hand woven tapestry," says Philip Sanderson, Master Weaver and Associate Tutor, Tapestry and Textile Art at West Dean College. "The work produced is usually on a grand scale; a tapestry is often considerably larger than the artwork being translated, sometimes as much as 15 times. The mutually creative dialogue, between the creator of the artwork and the weaver, is a joint adventure, a journey taken together".

Visual Arts tutor shortlisted for The Cordis Prize

Associate Tutor at West Dean College, and Master Weaver and Designer at West Dean Tapestry Studio, Philip Sanderson, has been shortlisted for The Cordis Prize for Tapestry 2016. The Cordis Prize was established by crime writer Ian Rankin and his wife Miranda Harvey, herself an amateur weaver, with £5,000 for the winner. The seven art works shortlisted are on exhibition by Visual Arts Scotland from 20 January to 21 February and the winner will be announced at a special event on 11 February in Scotland.

Philip's shortlisted work is entitled No. 13 Thrust Block Shoe and is a re-interpretation of a drawing discovered in an old engineering examination book. The drawing has gone through different stages of transition prior to weaving with alterations to scale, from 7.7cms to 122cms wide in the finished tapestry, and form; moving from a linear drawing to a silhouetted shape.

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