Forthcoming Attractions

Lots being planned at the V&A for Tapestry in first half of 2006 I’m going to try to keep this to the point! Display in Room 101 – ‘Concealed Discovered Revealed’ Has been extended for another month until Sunday 5 Feb including ‘No Mans Land’ (detail, below left).

No Man's Land (detail), Sue Lawty, 2004 Hieroglyph (detail), Sue Lawty, 2005

Installations: ‘Hieroglyph’ (detail, above right) and ‘Order’ Will remain on the walls of Room 101 until 9 July 2006. Next Display in Room 101 – ‘Penelope’s Thread’ 11 Feb – 9 July Woven Tapestries from the V&A’s Permanent Contemporary Collection – including ‘La Dame Aux Belles Plumes by Lynne Curran (detail, below left) and ‘March Diver’ by William Jefferies (detail, below right) The new piece that I am developing from research into the V&A’s historic collection will be hung in this display in Spring 2006.

La Dame Aux Belles Plumes (detail), woven tapestry, Lynne Curran, 1987, Museum no. T.324-1987 March Diver (detail), woven tapestry, William Jefferies, 1985

Tapestry Study Day: Talking Tapestry Sat 20 May 10.30 ‐ 16.30 Lecture Theatre, V&A “The study day will look closely at the medium of tapestry, examining the Museum’s Historical Collection as well as the work of some of the best contemporary designers in the field.” • Introduction to V&A Tapestry Collection: Helen Persson, curator Asian Dept. V&A. • In Conversation: Sue Lawty with Sue Prichard, curator Contemporary Textiles, V&A • Weaving Long Yards out of Nothing: Fiona Rutherford, Tapestry Weaver • Recreating the Unicorn Tapestries: Caron Penney, Head of West Dean Tapestry Studio (£38 full rate, £32 senior citizens, friends, patrons, £12 students, disabled, ES40 holders. Tickets must be booked in advance. See below.) Short Talk: Pinpointing the Collection’ Wed 3 May Meet at Meeting Point in Grand Entrance, V&A 18.30 Free I will talk about the development, thinking and making of the new piece. (Hopefully hanging in 101 by this date ‐ so no pressure there.) Tapestry Weaving Demonstration Sat6 & Sun7May 2‐5pm Room 101 Free I will demonstrate tapestry weaving and show textile samples developed during the year. 2 Day Course: Woven Tapestry: Design & Making Mon 22 May & Tue 23 May 10.30 ‐ 16.30 Studio, V&A (mixed ability) Me again! Exploring ways of ‘drawing’ with the weave to develop a unique and personal woven language. (£76 inc. tea & coffee. Max 16 – early booking recommended.) Booking opens 30 Jan 2006. Call 020 7942 2211 or email: bookings.office@vam.ac.uk AND ‐ all the textile galleries are now, of course, re-opened!! Tapestry Panel, Egyptian, Coptic, 4th - 5th century AD. Museum no. 284-1891 - Click to enlarge. Devonshire Hunting Tapestry - The Swan and Otter Hunt (detail), 15th century. Museum no. T.203-1957 - Click to enlarge. 'Line', woven tapestry, Sue Lawty, 2005 - Click to enlarge. Detail of 'The Lady and the Unicorn', one of six woven tapestries in the Musee de Cluny, Paris - Click to enlarge. 'Let Me Introduce You', woven tapestry, Fiona Rutherford - Click to enlarge. Student weave sample using hemp, hay and tree bark - Click to enlarge.


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