Daughters of Penelope

Exhibition at Dovecot Gallery, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, until 20 January 2018. Two of my tapestries are included: Water of Life and For Irena Sendler (pictured). Here are some excepts of reviews. The Sunday Herald, 4 August 2017 Visual art review: Edinburgh Art Festival There are more offerings on the walls at Dovecot with “Daughters of […]

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Terra Incognita tapestry

Karpit? Do you mean carpet?

No, it’s actually Karpit.  It’s the Hungarian word for tapestry, and this is an international exhibition that takes place in Budapest.  There is always a theme, and this year, for Karpit 3, it’s ‘Apocalypse or Global Sustainability’.  The show will run from 13 April until 26 May at the Gallery Vigado, a 150-year-old baroque building […]

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The Cordis Prize for Tapestry 2017

The shortlist for this prestigious prize, worth £5000, was announced in late 2016, with nine people chosen. The work was exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy in Princes Street, Edinburgh, as part of the Visual Arts Scotland exhibition, in December of this year. Unusually, the size was limited to under 75 cm for either dimension […]

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Help me find my stolen tapestry!

My tapestry, Eight Canada Geese, was among a whole exhibition of textile works of art that was stolen from the Seven Dials Gallery in Covent Garden, London, during the night of 15-16 January 1981.  The exhibition had been organised by the Scottish Tapestry Artists Group, and nearly all the work was from Scottish artists.  It […]

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Why bother with rectangles?

Weaving completed on the latest tapestry, Another Country.  It’s a shaped tapestry, a theme I’ve been pursuing for a while.  There is some tufting and a bit of other texture.  The weaving is finished, but the three sections still need to be assembled.  It’s not only shaped but will also be in layers.  The total […]

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Dreams of flying

The organisation Arte & Arte runs an annual miniature textiles exhibition in Como, which is one of the most prestigious in its field.  Artists are invited to submit one work no larger than 12 centimetres in any direction on a given theme, this year’s being ‘To Weave Dreams’.  I hesitated to enter such an illustrious […]

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Tapestry Weaving: Design and Technique – revised edition now available

On 10 November 2009, I accepted an offer from Edinburgh College of Art to take early retirement. I was 60 and had enjoyed teaching, but they made it worth my while to leave. On 11 November, I received an unexpected letter. The commissioning editor of the Crowood Press asked if I would like to write […]

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The Moon and Sixpence tapestry

How long does it take to weave a tapestry?

Presumably every person who goes to a party and meets strangers knows the first question they will ask, once their job title has been established. For tapestry weavers, it may be, ‘Oh yes, my aunt does that,’ but more usually it is, ‘How long does it take to weave a tapestry?’ The temptation is to […]

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Off to Poland!

In February 2015, I received a letter out of the blue. A prominent Canadian tapestry weaver, Marcel Marois, wrote to say that he was one of the selectors for an important tapestry exhibition, the 15th International Triennial of Tapestry held in Łódź (pronounced wood-j), Poland. Would I like to be one of two artists to […]

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