|Victoria & Albert Museum|
In addition I was in Ruthin for the Tapestry Study Day and the opening of Jilly Edwards' exquisite exhibition of tapestries. I was particularly interested in her intensely personal works which form diaries from journeys she has undertaken. Some of these slim tapestries stretch to metres in length, reflecting her own responses to her surroundings on each step of her travels. The Study Day brought together a very varied group of speakers, all with different interests in connection with tapestry. Fiona Mathison spoke of how the development of her tapestry weaving eventually led to her abandoning the technique and working in different materials, until a return to weaving in the past year. Philip Sanderson, of West Dean, discussed not only the 'artist-designed' projects at West Dean, but also those for which he had created designs. In contrast to many of the designs produced by painters for tapestry, Philip tends to avoid paint, instead developing his designs from photography and the landscape, which are often distorted or altered using digital software. His work was particularly striking next to Jilly's, as the use of paint is essential in her design process.
|'Nowhere', designed by Philip Sanderson, woven at West Dean Tapestry Studio, copyright the artist.|
|Real Fabrica de Tapis|