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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.


Margaret Appa

Margaret has been weaving for many years, most of those self taught while abroad, with no contact with other weavers. Since moving back to England and meeting up with the British Tapestry Group SE group she has gained a huge amount of knowledge, skills and the confidence to use it, plus a family of weavers! Her work is varied with multiple inspirational sources, the landscape, exciting yarns, spiritual concepts and related images, and of course sometimes simply a new found technique that opens up infinite possibilities and ideas

Joan Baxter 

Inspired by the landscapes and heritage of the far north of Scotland where she lives, Joan Baxter uses the ancient technique of tapestry weaving to explore her world. 'My work is designed to be subtle, thoughtful and subliminal and I intend it to speak powerfully to people on an emotional level. The landscapes of the far north have a particular minimal beauty and are strongly atmospheric Tapestry designs rarely start with a beautiful view. The origin is usually more nebulous, less visual, often a mood evoked by a place, a text or a piece of music. My interests in archaeology, ecology and history combined with walks to explore these aspects in my local landscapes and other places all feed into what I make.As the daughter of a painter, creativity was an integral and normal part of Baxter's childhood. After studying tapestry at Edinburgh College of Art and Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts during the 1970s, she spent eight years working as a weaver and trainer in commercial tapestry studios in the UK and Australia, notably working on the Henry Moore tapestries at West Dean Tapestry Studio. She has been an independent tapestry artist since 1987, working to commission and exhibiting widely as well as teaching, lecturing and writing. She has had solo exhibitions in the UK and Denmark and participated in many group exhibitions around the world. Amongst her many commissioned format are pieces for churches, corporate and private clients

Jackie Bennett
(photo by Simon Caplan) 

Jackie's work is driven by the urge to experiment and sample yarns. She responds to the environments she finds herself in, urban or rural. Trees are a constant inspiration, as are buildings. Jackie has recently be making work concerned with vision and the loss of sight. She favours plant fibres: cotton, hemp, linen, jute and bamboo but also includes wool and silk. Jackie has a BA(Hons) in African and Asian Art and Archeology, is certified in Arts Management and OCA textiles and has a post graduate diploma in visual arts from West Dean College. She exhibits internationally and teaches Tapestry Weaving and embroidery techniques and is also a member of the British Tapestry Group.

Claire Buckley

Claire is a textile artist, educator and author specialising in tapestry and embroidery and working on the coast in East Sussex. She has an MA in Tapestry and Textile Arts from West Dean College. Claire has worked with the National Trust at Montacute House in Somerset and Knole House in Kent. She is a member of the British Tapestry Group and the author of 'Start to Embroider' and co-author of 'Start to Stitich' both published by Search Press

Sandy Ferguson

Sandy started her career as a Textile Artist after learning to sew and dress-make at school and at home with her mother and sister.  Some years later she completed the City and Guilds Course in Needlework in Glasgow, then, again some years later, attended the Edinburgh University School of Art studying ‘Stitched Textiles’ and ‘21st Century Tapestry Weaving’. Whilst Stitched Textiles is her primary occupation, she has found great inspiration through weaving.  She finds it hugely therapeutic and much more restful than sitting at sewing machines – a wonderful vehicle for clearing the mind. After becoming a member of the Greenpark Weavers in Falkirk horizons have widened and new techniques and materials appear to be endless and utterly stimulating.  Presently she works on small hand-held frames but her ambition is to complete a very big piece but sadly her home is not big enough to house a loom of such large proportions!  Currently she is a member of The British Tapestry Group, Greenpark Weavers, Central Arts Association and Visual Arts, Scotland.

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 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 I seek to remind the viewer of my 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.  

Joan Kendall

Joan has been a dedicated weaver for over 30 years. Her pieces reflect the landscape of both her external and inner worlds.  For Joan weaving is a form of meditation, the act of surrender allowing the expression of spirit through the medium of the loom.  Weaving is her timeline, the tapestries and woven forms chronicling events in her environment and surroundings and capturing those ‘light-bulb’ moments of spiritual consciousness.Joan is a member of the British Tapestry Group.

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.’


Hilary O'Connell

Hialry started tapestry weaving after visiting an Exhibition at The Mill in Angmering, a few years ago and has never looked back.
She has attended many classes with Jane Brunning, Pat Taylor and Louise Martin and her weaving techniques benefit after each one. She particularly enjoys working on smaller designs with silk or worsted wool and is inspired by seeing other people's work and trying to emulate their techniques. She finds her inspiration from everywhere; her only problem is matching aspiration to ability. 

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 Textile 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.