It has been an exciting time for Contemporary Textiles at the V&A with two new fabulous pieces acquired for the collection from COLLECT 2007. The first, a woven tapestry by Jo Barker (represented by The Scottish Gallery). Dappled Circle - Scarlet 2007 45 x 84cm Cotton warp (12 w.p.i.), wool, linen, cotton & embroidery thread. 'The new piece Dappled Circle - Scarlet, woven for C0LLECT 2007, uses a quality of light that fascinated me on my study trip (Egypt). The way the light is filtered through the fretwork screens in buildings. It also has the circle motif that I have been working with for many years, but this time as a more solid form as a base for the dappled light pattern. The grey ripples act as a softer, subtler sense of movement within the composition."