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"My practice is made up of a combination of disciplines that include: textiles in the form of woven tapestry, collage, printmaking and object making. I employ woven elements like a tool to create, harnessing narratives or body dialogues, collecting gestures along the way. These gestures take on their own symbolism and appearance, but are implicit presences, traces or imprints of the self”.
By using traditional mediums typically associated with the decorative and practical as opposed to the conceptual or political, Cos implements his knowledge of weaving, tapestry and other textile-based techniques, onto materials such as paper, printmaking and forms of drawing borrowed and used from different disciplines, whilst exploring contemporary themes of identity.
In 2015, Cos Ahmet was shortlisted as a finalist for the Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries and exhibited his work with the other finalists at the Australian Tapestry Workshop. Cos also completed an artist residency with FABRIC in a former textile mill in Manchester, where he created four large installations and ran several successful tapestry workshops. This residency was kindly sponsored by weaversbazaar.
Later this year, Cos will be unveiling his new body of work for the Knitting & Stitching Shows in London, Dublin and Harrogate, hosted by Upper Street Events and Twisted Thread . See tapestries by Cos Ahmet
Jackie Bennett 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. See tapestries by Jackie Bennett
Frances Crowe was born in Waterford, Ireland. She Studied Fine art Painting at The National College of Art and Design, Dublin. After receiving a first class honours degree, Frances received her BA as an Art teacher. During this time she discovered weaving, and fell in love with woven tapestry. She moved to Roscommon to establish a tapestry weaving studio in the 80s Co-Founder of working artists Roscommon WAR she established Edenvale House artists’ studios, and worked tirelessly throughout her career to establish contemporary practises through her delivery of arts education in the region. She is determined to establish woven tapestry as a contemporary art form.
She Opened Grange studio in the 2005 where she runs classes and gives workshops. Frances has exhibited extensively in Ireland and abroad. She has had many solo shows and has been selected for many group exhibitions. Frances has been commissioned to make tapestries for many public and private spaces. She has received awards from the Design and crafts Council of Ireland. The Arts Council and Roscommon County Council.
Frances Crowe's work deals with the landscape of time and place. Its connection with rural working practises and generations past. Using an upright, home-made, tapestry frame Frances interweaves tales, feelings and stories that immerse her for many months on an intellectual as well as an emotional level.
She generally work in themes, using whatever materials that suit the process can be found. Such as Willow, shredded paper, rope, fleece, and wool. Usually the idea comes to her as a concept which then needs to be worked through by actually weaving it. Lately she has been using found objects to create sculptural works.See tapestries by Frances Crowe
Alison Delaney describes herself as 'a self taught and very amateur tapestry weaver and slate/metal worker. I live in the beautiful Scottish Borders and get inspiration from the colours and textures in the landscape around me.' Alison combines various materials together in her work, drawing on found objects as well as prepared ones to enhance her evocative woven images. In addition to tapestry weaving Alison also does Bargello Embroidery (see an example here), bead weaving and many other forms of textile work. See tapestries by Alison Delaney
Terry Dunne writes: "As a textile artist my work has consisted of designing and making hand woven tapestries, tufted wall hangings and experimental textile works. My tapestries tend to be made from traditional materials such as wool, cotton, linen and silk and range from the very large pieces for public and corporate spaces to miniature pieces using more unusual materials, like pine needles, driftwood and willow. My works in the tufted medium are always made to commission and usually for public or corporate spaces. The inspiration for my art usually comes from the world of nature, and can be as diverse as studying the changing colours through a season or textural studies of local harvest fields. I am inspired by colours from plants and flowers and have woven a large series of pieces based on flower borders and gardens, which has been ongoing for more than fifteen years. Nature always has something new to show me, it is just a matter of making time to observe." See tapestries by Terry Dunne
Jill Garrett 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 West Dean 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. See tapestries by Jill Garrett
Penny Howes trained as a musician, and came to tapestry weaving ten years ago. She wanted to do something with colour, and was hooked on tapestry weaving from my first short course. Penny loves the freedom the medium provides to express thought, emotion or a reaction to something seen or imagined, and to do so in an endless variety of textures and colours. She weave with wool, cotton, linen, silk, nettle, jute and paper yarns. See tapestries by Penny Howes
Tapestry weaving is Margaret Jones'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. See tapestries by Margaret Jones
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 writes: "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 transferred to Norwich Art School and then St. Martin’s College of Art. I emigrated to Toronto in 1975, where I continued studying Tapestry at Sheridan College whilst visiting the West Coast of Canada many times where I enjoyed the changing colours of Winter, Summer, but best of all Fall, and the yellows oranges, reds, purples, greens really became my favourite colours." See tapestries by Jacqui Sinclair-Clarke
Matty Smith 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. See tapestries by Matty Smith
Originally a painter Lin Squires 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 tool set. 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. See tapestries by Lin Squires