Take your pick – tapestry in 2015

Crafts Exhibitions Selvedge shows and workshops

It seems Issue 62, which features the work of Fiona Rutherford and visits the historic French town of Aubusson, has captured the current textile mood. Tapestry is clearly a trend for 2015 and highlights for the year include The Great Tapestry of Scotland on show at its latest venue, Stirling Castle until 8 March, 2015. Overlapping by just two days, 6 March–25 April 2015, is Peeling a Glass Onion at Dovecot, a solo exhibition of works by Norwegian visual artist and musician Magne Furuholmen (you may remember him from 80’s band A-ha). If you can't make the trip find a few minutes to watch the accompanying short film. Produced by the studio it offers a wonderful overview of the collaboration between Furuholmen and weavers Freya Sewell and Rudi Richardson. The time lapse segments in particular bring home the skill and judgement required to translate the woodcut print into tapestry. Glass Onion from Dovecot on Vimeo. And for anyone interested in learning how to tackle tapestry themselves, Master Weaver Caron Penney, who was Studio Director at West Dean Tapestry Studio, has launched Weftfaced an enterprise supporting and promoting the art of textiles and hand-made tapestry weaving. A series of one-day courses, some for complete beginners, begin on the 31st January, at the Fleming Collection, London and a  full list can be found online, Caron Penney weaving Black Cat by Tracey Emin Or if you’d like to combine honing your skills with a wonderful holiday join Selvedge at the Chateau Dumas a 22 acre private estate with a large pool and glorious panoramic views for a week-long residential course. Once there you can explore your creative potential under the guidance of artist Fiona Rutherford who will teach you the gentle, rhythmic process of weaving and demonstrate how to use colour and texture as a vehicle for personal expression.  

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