Image credit: Elizabeth Ashdown.
The current exhibition from The Cordis Trust at the Royal Scottish Academy showcases six artists exploring wider applications of the woven form. Until 30 January, Over Under: Under Over, shows work from artists who construct in a similar way to tapestry, or whose techniques resonate with the principals of weaving, whether that be through the interlacing materials or of repetitive gesture. The six artists featured in the exhibition are: Dail Behannah, Sue Lawty, Celia Pym, Elizabeth Ashdown, Sarah Jane Henderson and Sadhvi Jawa, with works in silk, paper, lead, wool and other materials.
Image credit: Sadhvi Jawa, Confluence of Narratives.
Dail Behannah’s work is underpinned by geometry and mathematics while invoking a sense of place. Sue Lawty’s abstract and minimal pieces explore repetition and interval in materials including linen and lead. Celia Pym’s colourful work uses darning, knitting and embroidery to create intimate works that speak directly to human experience. Elizabeth Ashdown creates distinctive hand woven Passementerie and textile artworks feature an energetic use of colour, pattern and material combinations. Drawn from research on emotional health and well being for young people today, Sarah Jane Henderson creates innovative surfaces that build on traditional embroidered techniques, that provoke curiosity and physical interaction. Sadhvi Jawa's work integrates tapestry-making and earth architecture techniques to expresses Bangalore’s contrasting topography in terms of colour, materiality and social groups that inhabit this place.
Image credit: Celia Pym, Flat Sock.
Speaking about the exhibition Cordis founder and curator Miranda Harvey said: “Over Under: Under Over explores the resonance of the weaving gesture, meditative and powerful whatever the material or scale of the work. These works are accessible, exciting and cutting edge, and yet connected to a tradition of hand-making as old as history. By profiling these unique and individual talents we hope to expand visitors’ perceptions of tapestry and reinforce Edinburgh role as an international hub for the artform.”
For more information, visit www.thetapestryprize.org