Woven Tapestry (history & practical)
The purpose of this group is to build appreciation of woven tapestry by looking at examples from the Middle Ages to this year and using some of the techniques in our own work. No prior knowledge necessary.
A hand woven tapestry has always been a luxury item. Monarchs in the 16th century competed to build the finest and biggest collections, and large scale tapestries continue to be commissioned for public buildings and corporations. 2021 sees 2 major exhibitions of modern woven tapestry in Edinburgh which has been a centre for the art for over 100 years. There have been exhibitions too of postcard sized tapestries created on a cheap and simple frame at a table.Depending on the knowledge and interests of the group we could do more or less actual weaving.
Since the group is new this is just an outline of topics we could cover:
- What is a tapestry - and what is not tapestry but says it is?
- Mediaeval and Renaissance tapestries - they are hard to imagine in full glory now as the colour has faded but there is lots to uncover and discuss
- William Morris - 19th century
- Jean Lurcat - 20th Century
- A French studio - perhaps Aubusson, and a British studio
- Some contemporary weavers
- 3D tapestries
- Materials, traditional and new
- How to warp a small frame
- Creating an experimental tapestry
The group will meet in King James Court, from 10am to 12 noon on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, starting early October. Please contact the group leader (via envelope symbol on this page) if you'd like to join.