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A Woven Narrative

written by Timothy Wilcox

Black Dog | ISBN 9781907317248

Hardback – 240 pages


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apestry: A Woven Narrative is a review of the history of traditional tapestry, discussing the progression from early designs to tapestry production today. Looking back into the medium?s key European developments, the book reveals the early uses of tapestries as decorative wall hangings and church decorations, as well as the Biblical, classical, hierarchal, socio-cultural themes running through early designs and displays. The book also looks in detail at the current tapestry scene, beginning in earnest with the textile work of Henry Moore. Now, established artists across the globe have begun appropriating the medium to present their work and ideas in a previously unexplored fashion, creating a fascinating juxtaposition between the socio-cultural documentation of many historical works and the more abstract, modern and personal themes often dealt with in tapestries today. The book includes works from notable modern artists such as Annika Ekdahl, Chuck Close, Fred Tomaselli, Grayson Perry, Francesca Lowe, Jaime Gili, Henry Moore, RB Kitaj and Kara Walker. Tapestry: A Woven Narrative also discusses the practical aspects of tapestry production, taking in both historical methods and those employed by the few specialist tapestry houses flourishing in the world. The book is supported by insightful texts from experts in the field contributors include curator Timothy Wilcox and weaver Caron Penney. Beautifully illustrated, with both historical and contemporary examples of tapestries, Tapestry is a stunning and comprehensive exploration of this historical tradition. AUTHOR: Margot Coatts is an independent writer and curator. She was formerly a lecturer at the Royal College of Art, and is a noted authority on twentieth century craft. Caron Penney is a weaver and artist. She is Head of the West Dean Tapestry Studio in West Sussex ? one of the leading international proponents of traditional tapestry production ? and is project coordinator and team leader on the Studio?s current Historic Scotland commission for Stirling Castle. Timothy Wilcox has held curatorial positions at the British Museum and the V&A. He is a regular contributor to the Cambridge International Summer School and was for ten years an Associate Lecturer at the University of Surrey. ILLUSTRATIONS 227 colour & b/w illustrations

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