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Tapestry

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Tapestry -- a technique that is both simple and sophisticated -- was the most expensive form of moveable pictorial decoration in its heyday. From c.1350 until the end of the 1700s it was commissioned by royalty and the Church. Wall hangings provided a potent form of story-telling, and together with bed and table coverings, all also added real and visual warmth. Recognised in their day as displays of wealth, the riches of King Henry VIII is recorded in his ownership of 2,000 tapestries. Our study morning introduces the history of tapestry, offers a chance to study samples, and is completed with a talk on the renaissance of tapestry-weaving in the 20th century. Artist-designed works from French and British studios mark the beginning of a new life for this technique, which has now become a vehicle for artistic expression globally.

Examples of the tapestry technique have been found dating from the 8th century BC, and it is a method of introducing imagery into cloth that has been used around the world. Briefly introducing its global use, this event looks in detail at two important periods for European hangings, the first from about 11-50-1750 and the second, the modern tapestries created since the mid-20th century, including the work of the Edinburgh Tapestry Company. This talk by Mary Schoeser draws upon her training in tapestry weaving by Archie Brennan at a time when he was Director of the Dovecot Studios.

An opportunity to see a range of original examples and try your hand at the technique are also included.

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