|Wading Birds, 1949, Vancouver Art Gallery|
Providing light relief from Sutherland, I have been putting together small pieces of text on a selection of tapestries for Dovecot's forthcoming centenary celebrations in 2012. One of my favourite tapestries is Pause on the Landing (2005) designed by Patrick Caulfield for the British Library and woven by David Cochrane, Douglas Grierson and Naomi Robertson. This enormous tapestry of rich purple, blue and pink hangs on the stairwell of the conference centre at the library and it's subject is taken from Laurence Sterne's 18th century novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, a Gentleman. Who would have thought such a book would be the favourite of a renowned Pop Artist? And who would have thought reading such a book would be a necessary element of researching 21st century tapestry?
|Glasgow University Library Collection|
Through my research I have discovered that tapestry can be many things: funny, surreal, a reflection of nature as well as imagination.