I found tapestry at the Edinburgh College of Art, although I had initially set out to study painting and over forty years later am still learning something new every day I’m at the loom.
The benefits that flow from Interconnections are the widening of my contacts in the tapestry world and hopefully creating more tapestry opportunities in the future for us all.
I try to bring back that sense of wonder that medieval tapestry held over its owners, through its sheer beauty and story-telling. Nowadays, we have the luxury of hundreds of colors and tones and a range of fibers that the medieval weavers could only dream about.
Whenever I come across an exciting or unusual color combination whether, it be from an image of a garden or in nature or a close up of a painting or flaking paint on a door or wall, I create balls of color fibers to reflect those hues. Fibers permitting, I then set about making lighter and darker combinations of those first balls of mixtures and hopefully create a sense of chance in the weaving process. Lights, darks, rich, glowing, hot, cold and everything between are now at my fingertips to interpret and enhance the mystery of weaving magic.
Large tapestries should have a sense of ‘WOW’ from a distance but the real pleasure and wonderment is in the close-up, where every square centimeter should be like a ravishing jewel.