Blog Topic: Archie Brennan

Archie Brennan—Rockstar!

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

Archie Brennan, “Vacationing Wrestler,” 30 in x 24 in, 2007
photo: Chris Dant. Collection: Tommye Scanlin

Most everyone has a first memory of Archie Brennan.  Tommye Scalin first met Archie in 1992 … “for me it was like meeting a rock star!” Read more here

Dersu Uzala: The Earth Awaits

Thursday, May 6th, 2021

Archie Brennan, “The Earth Awaits: Dersu Uzala, The Way Beyond the Forest,” 36.5 in x 24 in, 1996, photo: Archie Brennan

Dersu Uzala: The Earth Awaits consists of twelve tapestries, one which Brennan considers the beginning and one which he feels represents the end.  Mary Lane delves into the creation, inspiration and mindset behind this series of tapestries.

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Workshops with Archie

Thursday, April 29th, 2021

 “Who can ever forget his lovely Scottish accent and the twinkle in his eyes?” Archie Brennan was a warm and generous teacher, a mighty artist and an inspired tapestry weaver who understood and questioned the medium. Read more here

Workshop participants, summer 1992, Portland,Oregon. photo: Frank Engel

Postcards from Archie

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

Archie Brennan, “Package III,” 1988, 12 cm x 10 cm

The question of what the art object is and what it represents takes a new turn in the postcards and packages that Archie Brennan sent through the mail.  Be entertained by this gallery of Archie Brennan’s smaller tapestries

My Uncle Archie (“who really knew a thing or two”)

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Tom Phillips Edinburgh Tapestry Company “After Benches”, 1973, 150 x 240cm

“Leaving school at 16 and embarking on my seven-year apprenticeship at the Dovecot, my real education began. I liked how the team of weavers and Archie, my uncle, collaborated around the production of a tapestry.”  Read more of Gordon Brennan’s memories of Archie and working at Dovecot…


Memories from Australia

Thursday, April 8th, 2021

Archie at Australian National University

Sue Walker met Archie Brennan 45 years ago.  He saw in Australia, at its great distance from Europe, the opportunity for tapestry to break away from the traditions of European tapestry … read more from Sue – here