V&A Woven Tapestry Course 2007

Just over a year ago, I ran a tapestry course in the V&A’s Studio. Students on Sue Lawty's tapestry course; Sketchbook and weave samples. Have been asked to run another one in September and this time we will have three full days to experiment and develop ideas. Last year, Douglas Robertson, an artist working in and around the islands of NW Scotland, used the course to extend his technical vocabulary (pages from his sketchbook above). A selection of the students woven explorations are pictured above and in the thumbnails below. To have the opportunity to teach, learn and work practically ‐ whilst being able to refer directly to the museum’s stunning tapestry collection for inspiration ‐ is a pretty special experience. Woven textile fragment, Egypt, 300-400. Linen cloth with tapestry band in coloured wools. Museum no. 819‐1905 Above: Woven textile fragment, Egypt, 300-400. Linen cloth with tapestry band in coloured wools. Museum no. 819‐1905 The course runs from Monday 3 ‐ Wednesday 5 September 10.30 ‐ 16.30. I’ve heard places are filling, so if interested, you may book online at http://www.vam.ac.uk/tickets or by calling the bookings office on 020 7942 2211. Click on the thumbnails below for larger versions. Student sample using plastic coated wire and soft wool, 2006 - Click to enlarge Student sample woven on withies, 2006 - Click to enlarge Student sample exploring techniques and qualities of thread, 2006 - Click to enlarge Sample by Steve Bremner using cotton warp thread for both warp and weft. Thread dyed with extra strong teabags for colour - Click to enlarge sketch book and realisation of idea using withies as warp - Click to enlarge La Dame Aux Belles Plumes, tapestry, Lynne Curran, 1987. Museum no. T.324-1987 - Click to enlarge


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