28 July: 1. Tapestry makers portrait, 2. Tapestry?, 3. Yarns for sale, 4. ATA News, 5. ATW News6. Selvedge

1. Tapestry makers portrait

Last week I sent out an item titled: Tapestry makers portrait – The Pilgrims Way. David Hatfull has sent me another message. Now, I thought I might find out who lives near this route and contact you directly, but there are too many potential members in the SE group.

So one last chance, check if you live near the Pilgrims Way at: https://www.walkingenglishman.com/ldp/pilgrimsway.html

David writes:

Good afternoon Eleanora,

Thanks for your help. Sadly we haven’t had any responses from any of your members. We thought they might welcome the publicity but perhaps they are all camera shy. I know you cant give out any personal details of members but if you do have any suggestions we would welcome any advice. We depart for winchester on monday so desperately trying to pull it all together before we leave home.

Best Wishes

David Hatfull
T 0163547839
M 07774161306


2. Tapestry?

I recently received a link to this news item. It is a large textile wall hanging, called Botanical Tapestry. It is actually not a tapestry, although it may or may not have elements of tapestry. Some of it is obviously crochet, but still beautiful in the photos. Unfortunately it is in the Departure Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 2, so only open to those travelling out of Terminal 2! I am so miffed that I will write to both Heathrow and Kew Gardens (apparently it is a joint project between the two, although I find no mention of it on the Kew website).

This is the link sent to me about it: https://www.traveldailymedia.com/heathrow-unveils-massive-tapestry-at-t2/?utm_source=Permanent+-+Comms&utm_campaign=5f4417aef8-CCHQ+Weekly+Roundup+-+20July+2018_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_56c50d25fe-5f4417aef8-85813117&ct=t(EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_1_12_2018_COPY_01)&mc_cid=5f4417aef8&mc_eid=a43eeedef8

I googled the artist, Vanessa Barragao, and this is her website: https://www.vanessabarragao.com/

3. Yarns for sale

NB: Sorry, the loom sold before I could send this out.

A former committee member of BTG, Ingrid Sixsmith, is wanting to sell her loom and a significant amount of yarn of all different types and colours that she wants to dispose of. Key details:

Purchaser to collect from East London

The yarns are in large plastic bags and boxes, sorted by colour, not type of thread.

Box 1 Fine cotton yarns with sheen, (mixed colours) 7kg
Box 2 Wool & cotton, yarns, (mixed colours) 9kg
Box 3 Fine cotton yarns, (mixed colours) 5.5kg
Box 4 Very fine cotton yarns, (mixed colours) 5kg

Bag 1 Fine silk & metallic yarns, (mixed colours) 2 kg
Bag 2 Assorted yarns, (oranges) 8 kg
Bag 3 Assorted yarns, (mixed colours) 2.5 kg
Bag 4 Assorted yarns, (blue) 5 kg
Bag 5 Assorted yarns, (oranges, yellows, reds) 7 kg
Bag 6 Fine textured yarns, (mixed colours) 5 kg
Bag 7 Assorted small cotton & wool, (reds & pinks) 2 kg
Bag 8 Assorted small yarns, (greys) 2 kg
Bag 9 Assorted small threads, (10 packets) 1 kg

Box Sizes: 55 x 35 x 33cm
TOTAL WEIGHT approx. 61kg

Gail Sixsmith
London SE11 5SB
07966 370058

Currently stored in Kennington Shurgard Storage Unit with 24 hour access.
Can be posted or collected. (Buyer pays Postage)

Kennington is situation just outside the Congestion Charge Zone in Central London
There is good parking on site for Pick-up.

PRICE £6 per Kilo. (£350 for whole batch)

4. ATA News

Come and view ATA’s international juried exhibition consisting of 43 tapestries that challenge the concept of the edge, juried by Jane Kidd.

Accepted artists include BTG members Janet Austin, Rita Banci, Clare Coyle, Joan Griffin, Anna Kocherovsky, Lindsey Marshall and Michael Rohde.

To see all accepted artists: https://americantapestryalliance.org/exhibitions/small-tapesty-international/small-tapestry-international-6-beyond-edge/

Mary Cost incorporates her hand-dyed yarns to make striking tapestries of the desert landscape of the American Southwest. Mary came to tapestry in 2001 and hasn’t stopped learning from master tapestry weavers ever since.

Read more about her work on ATA’s website: https://americantapestryalliance.org/artist-pages/mary-cost/

5. ATW News




ONE WOUND / ONE REPAIR – Open Studio with Artist in Residence Deborah Prior

See the Catalogue at: Catalogue Kate Derum Award and Irene Davies Emerging Artist Award for Small Tapestries WEB FINAL

Read the newsletter at: https://mailchi.mp/austapestry/atw-news-june-987697?e=ad2dda2e0c

6. Selvedge

Newsletter No. 27


A 26-metre-long tapestry titled Archipelago by artist and designer Kustaa Saksi was unveiled earlier…

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This summer, the 62 Group of Textile Artists will be showcasing a brand new exhibition on the theme…

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Newsletter No. 28


Desert Design.
Showcasing the incredible talent of Moroccan Berber weavers, the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech is opening a temporary exhibition, Desert Design. It will feature thirty contemporary rugs, woven by women of the Aït Khebbach, a tribe from eastern Morocco. The tribe’s traditional…

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Mindful And Meditative Repair With Molly Martin.
Today the fast fashion industry is revolved around consuming…

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18 July: 1. Exhibition, 2. BTG Tapestry Network, 3. Heallreaf, 4. Tapestry maker, 5. ATA, 6. William Morris, 7. HCA, 8. Selvedge

1. Exhibition : Fabulous Fungi Dyes

An exhibition by the Scottish Fungi Dyers and friends
August 26th-September 8th 2019
The Tolbooth, 4 High Street, Lanark ML117EX

including tapestries by Trisha Gow and Veronica Collins

Fabulous Fungi poster

2. BTG Tapestry Network : Members only group on Facebook

Some time ago, the BTG ran a membership survey and one of the issues identified was that some members felt quite isolated due to distance, health or opportunity and wanted to be able to link up with other weavers and exchange ideas, ask questions and generally feel part of a weaving community. The BTG already has several groups run by Regional Organisers and we would encourage members to join if there is one near them – the areas they cover are for general information, so if you are able to travel to one not too far away you will be made very welcome! There is also no reason not to contact other members near you and arrange an informal meet up – contact details are on the website and for those members who do not have their private emails displayed I am happy to act as a go-between on your behalf.

However, this doesn’t help those members for whom there is no group they can get to physically. The BTG Committee has been exploring ways of achieving this: ideally we would have liked a ‘Tapestry dating agency’ where we could put members directly in touch with each other but we are unable to do so due to both the limited capacity of committee members (all of who are volunteers), and also issues with the website.

However, we have now set up a Facebook page which is strictly for members only: BTG Tapestry Network

As this is for members only, you will have to request to join the group and we intend to trial it for a year to see how well it works.

If you are already on Facebook, a simple search should find it. If you are not on Facebook, it is easy to join and a very useful resource as there are already several general tapestry organisations on there.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me: paulette.furnival@btopenworld.com

I look forward to meeting you all on-line!


3. Heallreaf 3 Shortlisted Artists

Congratulations to all 39 shortlisted artist, but especially to the 20 BTG members: Alastair Duncan, Angela Forte, Barbara Rowell, Christine Paine, Christine Sawyer, Don Burns, Dot Seddon, Elizabeth Chester, Elizabeth Radcliffe, Frances Crowe, Gillian Bull, Heidi Flaxman, Jane Riley, Joan Baxter, Lin Squires, Louise Martin, Matty Smith, Patricia Armour, Ruth Bell and Soon Yul Kang.

See all of them at: http://www.heallreaf.com/heallreaf-3-shortlisted-artists.html

2019 Dates:

Surface Gallery – NG1 1DL – 7th – 21st September 2019

Espacio Gallery – E2 7DG – 15 – 26th October 2019

More info at: http://www.heallreaf.com/heallreaf-3—2019.html

4. Tapestry makers portrait – The Pilgrims Way

David and Ronan Hatfull write:

Im hoping you can help us. We are looking for a Tapestry Maker to photograph for our forthcoming project Was wondering if you could recommend a member who might work somewhere near our route. The Pilgrims Way follows the north downs through Farnham,Guildford, then onto Dorking Maidstone and Ashford. Ive outlined the details below.

Pilgrims Way Portraits
This summer the photographer David Hatfull and his son Ronan Hatfull an English scholarwill walk the 138 miles of the Pilgrims Way from Winchester to Canterbury. Our intention isto make photographic and written portraits of modern day examples of the 29 pilgrimsportrayed in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales who live or work on or within walking distance ofour route.. Each portrait will take about 45 minutes to make.
Once the project is complete our hope is to hold an exhibition in various locations alongthe route and to produce a digital book.
About us
David Hatfull is a freelance professional photographer whose awards include both Kodakand Canon Photographer of the Year. He is also a Fellow of the Royal PhotographicSociety.David’s photographs have been widely exhibited, including in 20 BritishPhotographers, a touring exhibition of the UK, USA and New Zealand, and his most recentshows titled Norfolk Landscapes and Service Providers. He is represented by The BirchamGallery.
Dr Ronan Hatfull completed his English and Comparative Literary Studies doctorate atthe University of Warwick in 2018. He also studied at the Shakespeare Institute, where hereceived an MA with Distinction in Shakespeare and Creativity in 2014. Ronan is an EarlyCareer Researcher and playwright, and co-founded the theatre company Partners
Rapt, who have performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Dell Festival. He iscurrently working on a book about the history of the Reduced Shakespeare Company.
Their current exhibition Walk You Will is based on a 146mile walk in Shakespeare’sfootsteps from Stratford upon Avon to the Globe Theatre in London.
Our previous projects


Thankyou in advance. Hoping you can help us.

Best Wishes

David and Ronan

David Hatfull
T 0163547839
M 07774161306


5. ATA News

Pat Williams Has Stories to Tell
A New Online Exhibit from ATA curated by Tommye McClure Scanlin


6. William Morris & the Bauhaus

James Gray of Waltham Forest Council writes:


I’m writing to let you know about a crowdfunding campaign we’re launching at the William Morris Gallery next week.

The campaign has a target of £15,000 to fund the exhibition Pioneers: William Morris and the Bauhaus this autumn. This landmark show will be the first anywhere in the world to explore the deep connection between Morris and the Bauhauslers, bringing together 60 objects (including important Bauhaus textile pieces), many of which have never been displayed in the UK before. The campaign will be run through the Art Fund’s Art Happens site, the UK’s first crowdfunding platform for museums.

In return for their support, donors can choose from a selection of exclusive Bauhaus-inspired rewards including postcard packs, tote bags, Bauhaus brooches and printmaking workshops.

I’m hoping you may be able to share news of the campaign with your followers or network, or even support it yourself. The campaign isn’t live yet but will be on the Art Happens website (https://www.artfund.org/get-involved/art-happens) next Thursday 25 July at 12pm. We’ll also be posting regular updates on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

We’d really appreciate anything you can do to help us reach our target and realise this historic exhibition. If you have any questions, or would like social media visuals to share, please just let me know.

With best wishes


James Gray | Marketing and Audience Development Manager | Communications and Communities
William Morris Gallery and Vestry House Museum, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, London, E17 4PP
020 8496 1480 | wmgallery.org.uk
Waltham Forest Council

7. Heritage Crafts Association News


QEST opens for applications
QESTApplications for the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust’s next round of funding open tomorrow (16 July 2019). QEST offers scholarships and apprenticeships of up to £18,000 for the education of talented and aspiring craftspeople. You may be a woodturner or a milliner, a thatcher, a saddler, an enameller or a practitioner of any craft; the Trust encourages applications from a broad range and are interested in innovative applications of traditional techniques. QEST has previously awarded more than £4.3million to over 500 craftspeople, across 130 craft disciplines.

Read more at: https://heritagecrafts.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=a2ec3bc859582e86350f88a66&id=54e7e3cfb7&e=93f0bd8979

Read the newsletter at: https://mailchi.mp/e8d1239a89fc/hca_members_07_19?e=93f0bd8979

8. Selvedge

Newsletter No. 26


Lost And Found.
S Franses of St James has extended their display of “The Lost Tapestries of Charles I” until 12 July 2019…

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Rug Story.
To say that a lot of skill and effort goes into handweaving a carpet would be an understatement…

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Natalia Goncharova.
She was innovative, inspired, and at times controversial. And now, Natalia Goncharova will…

Read the story. https://www.selvedge.org/blogs/selvedge/natalia-goncharova

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16 July: Notice of British Tapestry Group A.G.M. – 2019

Dear Member

I am pleased to announce that we will be holding the British Tapestry Group Annual General Meeting on 30th November 2019 at the Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh. I have attached all the information needed.

We have tried to create an interesting programme for you all – not just the AGM but the possibility to tour the studio and see the new exhibition installed only a week before our AGM date.

The Dovecot is an internationally renowned centre for contemporary art, craft and design built around a leading international tapestry weaving studio in Edinburgh, Scotland. The exhibition will be centred around May Morris, who continued with her father’s legacy (William Morris – Arts and Crafts Movement) by creating ‘art needlework’. A new, freer form of stitchwork, which encouraged self-expression, totally different from the accepted form of needlework at the time. We have yet to receive the title and the description of the Exhibition but will post it on the e-news as soon as it is available (or keep an eye on the Dovecot website www.dovecotstudios.com).

I hope you will be able to attend as it is always good for the Committee to talk to our members and get their opinions and comment. It also provides an opportunity for us to inform you about what we have been doing and what we intend to do in the coming years.

Looking forward to seeing you there, happy weaving in the meantime!

Hilary O’Connell
BTG Chair

See full details at: British Tapestry Group AGM 2019


7 July: 1. BTG Website, 2. Cockpit Arts: The Arts Society Award 2019, 3. ATW News, 4. ATA News

1. BTG Website

If you have visited our website over the past three weeks you will have noticed it was looking a bit sad. That is because it got attacked by worms. I have had to opt for external help to get that sorted. Hopefully it is out of danger at the moment but not altogether back to its normal self. I have not been able to reinstate the panel of sliding images on the front page. Temporarily there is a static image. I have had some difficulty understanding the way some of the plugins and widgets work.

I am looking for a volunteer to help with the more technical aspects of the website. They must have practical knowledge of WordPress and preferably in depth understanding of more technical aspects such as SSL and PHP, as we are also looking to move the website to another server with greater security.

If you have a little time and the skills to do this, please let me know. We can talk on the phone and I can explain in more detail the issues.

2. Cockpit Arts: The Arts Society Award 2019

Arts Society Award at Cockpit Arts open for application.

Maxine Clark writes:

We are delighted to announce that the Arts Society Award at Cockpit Arts is now open for applications. The Cockpit Arts / Arts Society Award comprises of business support provided by Cockpit Arts as well as subsidised studio space for one year.

The Cockpit Arts / Arts Society Award 2019

Applications are invited for the Award which aim to support professional craftspeople working with traditional craft skills. Particular consideration will be given to crafts requiring skills at risk of dying out.

The Award is worth £3,000 towards a studio at either Cockpit Arts site, to be supplemented with £1.650 from the successful applicant, payable over 12 months.
Deadline for applications: 5pm, Thursday 25th July 2019.
Further details and application forms are available to download from our website –
https://cockpitarts.com/awards-bursaries/, or please contact maxine@cockpitarts.com for further information or to express an interest.

3. ATW News

Artist Talk: ANNIKA EKDAHL (Sweden) 12/7/19 and
Kate Derum and Irene Davies Award – winners announced 16/7/19

Read about them at: https://www.austapestry.com.au/whats-on/whats-on

4. ATA News

Small Tapestry International 6: Beyond the Edge

See accepted artists (many of them are BTG members) at: https://americantapestryalliance.org/exhibitions/small-tapesty-international/small-tapestry-international-6-beyond-edge/

American Tapestry Biennial 13

Call for Entries at: https://americantapestryalliance.org/exhibitions/atbiennials/american-tapestry-biennial-13/

The Vision Weave Project


Juxtaposition: Contemporary Collage

Scroll down to near the bottom of the page till you find Shelley Socolofsky – Trade Blanket (hybrid bride) mixed media_woven, pieced textile … on the way, stop to look at Annie Rhodes Lees – All Strings Attached

Check these out at: https://www.barrettartcenter.org/juxtapositionart2019

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