Recent news stories from our Tapestry Studio.
Master Weavers Philip Sanderson and Katharine Swailes have both
been shortlisted for the Cordis Prize 2017. Visual
Arts Scotland in collaboration with the Cordis Trust are
delighted topresent the shortlisted artists for the third in the
series of the Cordis Trust Prizes for Tapestry.
Philip Sanderson, All Different Things
Katharine Swailes, Crossing the Avenue
The shortlisted entries will be exhibited at Visual Arts Scotland's next Exhibition in the Upper Galleries of the Royal Scottish Academy in December 2016, and the winning entry will be selected from the shortlisted exhibits.
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.
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".