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Tapestry Artists

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Click on the artist's name or image to bring up a page of their tapestries. Contact Matty on +44(0)7590 479192 with any questions.

Jackie Bennett

Jackie weaves and stitches with plant fibres: cotton, hemp, linen, jute and bamboo as well as wool, silk and synthetics. She completed the Post-graduate Diploma at West Dean College in 1997 and continues to learn new textiles techniques, including embroidery and felt making. Jackie exhibits and teaches textiles throughout the UK and undertakes commissions. She is a member of the British Tapestry Group. Recently she helped to set up and stitch the Battle of Lewes community embroidered tapestry.,

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Jill Garrett

Jill was trained as a painter and woodcarver in the 1950s and subsequently worked as a teacher in various schools before marrying and bringing up 4 children. There were further periods of teaching and art work for theatres and museums but in the 1980s she discovered Tapestry Weaving.Initially self taught, after a few years she was lucky enough to attend a six week module at WestDean College and later worked for the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers certificate of achievement, gaining a distinction. For the last 20 years or so, tapestry has been her main means of artistic expression and membership of the British Tapestry Group has enabled her to exhibit more widely.


Margaret Jones

Tapestry weaving is Margaret's chosen medium. It is a slow art form but she enjoys the meditative and constructive nature of the making process. Her work reflects her interest in English traditions and where we come from genetically and culturally. These building blocks, she believes, are what make us as individuals and bind us as a society but much of the ancient cultural heritage of England has been lost over the centuries and whenever possible she seeks to remind the viewer of her format of the past that has so very nearly disappeared. Her recent work has become less representational and calmer, maintaining the strangeness and almost primitive echoes in a more abstract image.  

Sarah McLean

Sarah McLean started weaving as a contrast to her day job. Initially she wove rugs but although tapestries are much slower to weave it is always exciting to see the designs emerge from what began as cords stretched over a frame. Deciding what to weave next is never a problem. Ideas spring up unexpectedly from urban and rural walks, exhibitions etc etc.’

Jacqui Sinclair-Clarke

 Like many other artists I struggle to describe my work in words. One picture is worth a Thousand words...... or is it Two Thousand. So I have set out on my own personal foray, coming from thirty years of textile background, I now find myself exploring the fascinating and complex world of Tapestry Weaving hoping to include both worlds into one.

Studied art in Great Yarmouth School of Art and after two years transfered to Norwich Art School which now has University standing and best of all not to forget,St. Martin’s College of Art - this was my background into the magical world of Art in all its guises. I then emigrated to Toronto in 1975, where I continued studying Tapestry at Sheridan College. During this time I visited the West Coast of Canada many times where I enjoyed the outdoor life, the changing colours of Winter, Summer, but best of all Fall, and the yellows oranges, reds, purples, greens really became my favourite colours.

This year I am hoping to go travelling; Vienna(Hundertwasser), Madrid(Miro) and France for a retreat...I would also like to visit Saltz Mill, Edinburgh just to name but a few. And along the way do some weavings! After all everyday is Magic...


Matty Smith

 Matty sees the process of tapestry weaving as a form of textile painting which goes beyond the two-dimensional constraints of fine art, allowing texture, depth and ‘substance’ to be embedded in the finished piece to create a very distinctive ‘presence’. Whilst much of her work draws on observation of everyday life, she is increasingly extending her ideas into more conceptual pieces, three dimensional weaving and exploring collaboration with traditional artists through re-interpretation of their work. Matty is co-founder of weaversbazaar and a member of the British Tapestry Group and American Tapestry Alliance.

Lin Squires 


Originally a painter Lin has experimented with many media over many decades since attending Canterbury College of Art in the 1970s. But in woven tapestry Lin has found a delightfully diverse and creative toolset. Lin's current work is inspired by nature, often captured through her own photography, but she uses form, colour and digital design techniques to emphasise brief moments of mood, feeling and emotion in her chosen subjects. Lin is co-founder of weaversbazaar, she exhibits her tapestry art in the UK and is a member of the British Tapestry Group.