Woven Tapestry: Medieval Inspiration

 Faiths and Empires 300-1250, Medieval & Renaissance Galleries The opening to the public of the new Medieval and Renaissance Galleries is imminent! A suite of ten galleries will house a sumptuous array of nearly two thousand objects including this stunning Egyptian Tunic (detail above) in Gallery 8: Faiths and Empires 300-1250. I have been invited to run a short tapestry course drawing inspiration from this piece and the other fabulous tapestries that are to be exhibited in the galleries. These include the fifteenth century Bear and the Boar Hunt tapestry, which you may remember, was extracted from the set of the Devonshire Hunting Tapestries hanging in room 94 at the V&A? Also on display will be the recently conserved tapestry, The War of Troy. We are delighted that senior textile conservator, Frances Hartog, has offered to give an informal talk to course participants about the methods, techniques and materials used during the period as she describes the conservation of this medieval tapestry. To whet your appetite, this fascinating short film introduces the tapestry and the cleaning process. I should emphasize that the aim of the course is not to reproduce likenesses of these ancient tapestries! It is to be inspired and informed by them, to use them as a catalyst for individual creative understanding. Over the three days, each participant will design and weave their own small tapestry. Woven Tapestry: Medieval Inspiration Wednesday 24 – Friday 26 February 2010 Art Studio, Sackler Centre 10.30-16.30 Suitable for both beginners and experienced £180, no concessions (includes materials) Bookings can be made from December 1st 2009 V&A booking line on 0207 942 2211.


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