The Power of Slow – Curator Biography and Artist Information

Essay, Gallery 1, Gallery 2, Gallery 3, Gallery 4

The Power of Slow

Anne Jackson biography

Anne Jackson is a tapestry artist, writer and curator based in the West Country of England. Her work is exhibited and held in public and private collections in Europe and the USA. She is a member of the Steering Group of European Tapestry Forum, and of ATA and the 62 Group of Textile Artists.


Exhibitor’s Biographies & Links

Janet Austin (USA)
Janet Austin learned to weave in art school, and spent 8 years weaving functional items to sell. Feeling trapped in the horizontal and vertical grid, she pursued an MFA in Painting. Almost accidentally, weaving and painting came together, and she has been weaving tapestries inspired by her paintings since 1983. –

Jo Barker (Scotland)
Jo Barker divides her time between weaving richly coloured tapestries from her studio in Edinburgh and teaching part time in the Fashion & Textiles Department at Glasgow School of Art. Trained in the Tapestry Department at Edinburgh College of Art in the mid 1980’s her work is exhibited nationally and internationally. Examples are held in several collections including the V&A Museum, London & the National Museum of Scotland.
Numerous works have been commissioned by, amongst others, the House of Lords, London, the Scottish Executive, Edinburgh and the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle.

Sara Brennan (Scotland)
Sara Brennan was born in 1963 in Edinburgh. She graduated from Edinburgh Arts School in 1986 (BA Hons) and lives and works in Edinburgh. Her work can be seen both nationally and internationally through exhibition and public collections. She has received many awards, again nationally and internationally.

Clare Coyle (Scotland)
Clare Coyle – BA (Hons), Post Graduate Diploma in Tapestry.  Clare works mainly on small scale tapestries, woven at a fine setting.  Her work is influenced by archaeology, the passage of time, ancient Oghams and Runic script along with the historical use and reuse of the landscape around her native Scotland.

Jilly Edwards (England)
Jilly Edwards trained at Bristol in the 1960’s and Edinburgh in the 1980’s. 
She taught part-time in art schools across the UK until 1992. Since then Jilly has been in her studio working on commissions, residencies and exhibitions, solo and group.
 Most recently:
 2009 High Cross House, Dartington, Devon, UK. Solo: 
2011 Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin, Wales, UK. Solo: 
2012 Blackwell House, Windermere, Cumbria, UK. –

Annika Ekdahl (Sweden)
Textile artist, MFA. Former Adjunct Professor in textile art at School of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg, at present Guest Professor at The Department of Conservation at the same university. Focused on big scale, detailed, storytelling tapestries, woven in hand dyed wool on a horizontal linen warp. –

Carmen Groza (Belgium)
Based in Liege, Belgium, born in Bucharest, Romania. Graduated in Monumental Painting from the Institute of Fine Arts, Bucharest. Major group shows in Europe, including the “International Tapestry Triennale”, Lodz, Poland (2006), ARTAPESTRY2 & 3 (touring Europe 2008-10 and 2012-14), and numerous solo exhibitions.

Kari Guddal (Denmark)
Kari Guddal was born in 1952 in Oslo, Norway.
The works of she weaves provide a poetic contribution to the art of tapestry. Up to 350 different  hand dyed colors produce her unique tone- on-tone effect. As the German painter Gerhard Richter said: “to paint is a way of thinking”
– Kari Guddal might say: “to weave is…” –

Jane Kidd    (Canada)
Jane Kidd taught in the Fibre Program at the Alberta College of Art + Design from 1980 to 2011. She currently lives on Salt Spring Island in B.C. Canada were she maintains an active studio practice. She has exhibited in numerous solo, and over 60 group exhibitions across Canada, the United States, Japan, Poland, Hungary and Australia. –

Lialia Kuchma (USA)
Jaroslava Lialia Kuchma was born in Pidhajchi, Ukraine, later settling in Chicago, Illinois where she studied and practiced the arts of printmaking, church ornamentation and gold leaf, photography, (photo/oral collaborative project on the Ukrainians in Chicago), calligraphy and tapestry. –

Sue Lawty (England)
Lawty is a visual artist who works with small stones, lead and sometimes tapestry.
Trained in 3D Design at Leeds (B.A. Honours First Class), her work is held in many collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. She has completed many residencies and commissions. –

Philip Sanderson (England)
Philip Sanderson studied tapestry both at Middlesex University and the
 Royal College of Art before taking up the position of Creative
 Director at the West Dean Tapestry Studio. He has
 designed and woven tapestries for numerous clients including the New Parliamentary Buildings in Westminster, London. Philip is also an Associate Tutor on the MA Visual Arts programme at West Dean College, Sussex, UK.

Christine Sawyer (England)
Born in Northallerton, UK.  Lives and works in Exeter, UK. Trained in fine art at Bath Academy of Art, and specialised in woven tapestry in the 1980’s. She exhibits widely, in the UK and abroad. She is represented on The Crafts Council Selected Index, and is a member of The British Tapestry Group and Art Haven Artists’ Initiative. –

Sarah Swett (USA)
Sarah Swett was born in Brooklyn NY, moved to Idaho at eighteen and currently lives in her imagination.   Her work travels the world in books, magazines and exhibitions. She stays at home telling stories with yarn and learning to play the concertina. –

Kathe Todd-Hooker (USA)
A tapestry weaver since 1979, blogger, tapestry list mistress, instructor, sometimes historian, co-owner of Fine Fiber Press & Studio who writes about  tapestry technique, journaling, symbolism, Russian Old Believers, Shaped Tapestry, Lines in Tapestry, Tapestry 101, So Warped, with degrees in Craft Design- OSAC/Marylhurst (BA,) OSU (MAIS) in Craft Design, history, CTRA, and Economics. –