Thursday, 7 October 2010

First-time Blogger

Blogging is new to me but already I am realising it's potential to help sort out the multitude of thoughts floating around my head. I intend to use this as a means of letting people know how my research is going and what fascinating things I am finding (possibly more fascinating the more interested you are in tapestry!).
My PhD is focusing on Dovecot Studios. Dovecot is an amazing tapestry studio in the centre of Edinburgh which hand weaves both tapestries to commissions and speculative, experimental pieces. The quality of work  produced by Dovecot is a constant source of inspiration to me - the Master Weavers have built up a close relationship with many contemporary artists, such as Claire Barclay, Dame Elizabeth Blackadder and Barbara Rae RA RSA. They translate these artists's designs in beautiful tapestries; the focus is on translation, not imitation. The tapestries are artworks in their own right.
The weavers are artists too and should not be thought of a mere manufacturers. Some of their most recent projects have stemmed from their own artworks and designs. More detailed information on Dovecot can be found at:

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