18 November: 1. WASPS Patriothall – Exhibition and Open Studio Weekend, 2. Book Review – Hannah Ryggen: Threads of Defiance
1. WASPS Patriothall – Exhibition and Open Studio Weekend
You are invited to the open studio weekend at
Off Hamilton Place,
Edinburgh EH3 5AY
on Friday 29th for 6 – 9pm
Open Studio event
Saturday 30th November
and 1st December
from 12 – 5pm
Coffee and refreshment will be served
Look forward to catching up with you.
2. Book Review – Hannah Ryggen: Threads of Defiance
Hannah Ryggen: Threads of Defiance
Thames & Hudson, 2019
Hannah Ryggen : Threads of Defiance
Review by Sally Reckert (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Read the review at: Review-Hannah Ryggen – Threads of Defiance
16 November: 1. AGM Docs, 2. Exhibition at Leeds Art University, 3. Winter Solstice and Christmas: Woven Celebrations Workshop, 4. ATA, 5. HCA News, 6. Selvedge
I have had several reports that the BTG website does not appear in google results. This is clearly worrying as folks think it has disappeared. Let me assure you that in spite of problems it is still there. If you have it bookmarked you should have no problem. If not, just type into the address bar of your browser www.thebritishtapestrygroup.co.uk and hit the enter key.
Another issue is that of the Captcha screen when going to the members’ Area that leaves you on a blank page after proving that you are not a robot. The workaround, which normally works, is to just click on the Members Area button again. However, I have been told that in some instances that doesn’t work either. Have patience. If we can get a new website soon, that should solve a lot of the issues.
Which brings me to yet another plea. We had hoped to build the new website with in-house volunteers, but it is far too difficult and time-consuming, so we need to get professional help. If you are, or know someone who is, in the business of website development, please send me your / their contact details.
1. AGM Docs
Treasurer’s Report: BTG AGM 2019 Treasurers report v1
Finances: Finances AGM 2019
These have been added to the AGM Documents page on the website.
2. Exhibition at Leeds Art University
Photographer: Mat Dale; Graffiti Artists: SEN-1 & Nicolas Dixon; Tapestries: Jane Walkley.
Alice Fox and Jane Walkley (BTG member) are among artists who will be exhibiting their MA work at Leeds Arts University, Blenheim Walk Gallery.
Jane is a mixed media tapestry weaver working with jesmonite. Alice works in print, stitch and weave, harnessing natural processes.
The exhibition preview is on Thursday 21st November from 5 – 8pm. All welcome, please RSVP through the University website here https://www.leeds-art.ac.uk/news-events/events-exhibitions/postgraduate-show-2019/
The exhibition is open from 22 – 28 November 10am to 5pm daily with early closing at 4pm on Saturday (please note the exhibition is closed Sunday 24th).
3. Winter Solstice and Christmas: Woven Celebrations Workshop
Sat 7th December 10.00am to 4.00pm
Location: weaversbazaar Blackbirds Studio, Forest Row, Sussex. UK
Come and make beautiful decorations. Artist Jane Brunning will be leading this fun creative workshop making the outline of celebration shapes using willow. The inside will be woven and the design completed using yarns, beads and other embellishments to create fun and stunning decorations. Everyone should be able to create and weave 2 or 3 decorations in the day. Suitable for all levels. Materials provided.
4. ATA News
Archie Brennan 1931-2019
Archie Brennan, artist, teacher and passionate advocate, left this world a better place for contemporary tapestry. From his start in tapestry as a teenage apprentice at the Dovecot Studios he rose to become its Director from 1962 to 1977. He founded and headed the Department of Tapestry and Fibre Arts at Edinburgh College of Art. During the 1970s Archie served in many capacities including Chairman of the British Arts Council, President of the Scottish Society of Artists and consultant for the Victorian Tapestry Workshop in Australia. He moved with Susan Martin Maffei to New York in 1993 and became a strong force in the American art scene. His work, along with his strong attitudes about tapestry weaving, influenced many tapestry weavers at all stages of their careers. Most of us are very familiar with the easily portable, copper pipe looms based on his design, which he freely shared with all weavers.
ATA will honor Archie Brennan’s legacy by dedicating an issue of Tapestry Topics to this talented, dedicated, and prolific artist. Details about this will be announced in the near future.
For more information about Archie’s life and work please visit:
5. HCA News
Obituary – Archie Brennan MBE
Archie Brennan MBEWe were sorry to hear of the death of Archie Brennan MBE. Archie was born in Edinburgh in 1931 and trained as a Master Weaver at Dovecot Studios from 1947, learning his skills in Scotland while creating distinctively Scottish tapestries. He went on to be recognised internationally as an undisputed master of modern tapestry. Ahead of his time, Archie produced a series of DVDs to pass on his skills, an endeavour we at the HCA are striving to continue to this day.
Treasured Threads: Unpicking Gunnersbury’s Quilts
When: Until 12 January 2020
Where: Gunnersbury, London
This free exhibition takes an in-depth look at one of Gunnersbury’s most remarkable items, a highly decorative fabric quilt top created by a local Acton family in around 1825.Thought to have been intended as a bed covering, the so-called ‘Acton Top’ demonstrates a wide range of complex quilting, patchwork and appliqué skills and depicts contemporary figures in Regency dress, Biblical scenes, animals and plants.
Traces: Quilt Art
When: Until 1 January 2020
Where: Farfield Mill, Cumbria
This exhibition by international artist group Quilt Art takes the life and work of founder Mary Fogg (who passed away in 2016) as the inspiration for textiles by its 19 members, who hale from countries ranging from Germany and the Netherlands to Hungary and the US.
Read more at: https://www.farfieldmill.org/events/traces-quilt-art/
However, NOT in the HCA News, but also at Farfield Mill, our own BTG Scottish Group is exhibiting:
Read the whole HCA Newsletter at: https://mailchi.mp/ebba762ebe7e/hca_members_11_19?e=93f0bd8979
Newsletter No. 44
Clay and Cloth. (not tapestry, but fascinating collage techniques)
The Bluecoat Display Centre’s current exhibition includes the work of artist Matthew Harris…
Read the newsletter at: https://us14.campaign-archive.com/?e=b4676973e5&u=2ecccbd9c19df94f48080e541&id=5c2a53571c
Newsletter No. 43
An exhibition brings together monumental tapestries by the artist Hannah Ryggen…
Read the newsletter at: https://mailchi.mp/selvedge/selvedge-newsletter-no-177533?e=b4676973e5
8 November: Annual General Meeting Documents
As you may already know the AGM is being at Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh on Saturday 30 November. I hope to see some of you there.
If you have missed this information, read the details at: British Tapestry Group AGM 2019
Links to documents in PDF format (you can read, download and / or print them)
Still to come are the Treasurer’s Report and Accounts.
2 November: 1. Weaving Water – Woven Lands, 2. Environments, 3. Heallreaf 3 People’s Choice, 4. ATA News, 5. HCA, 6. Selvedge
I was saddened to hear that Archie Brennan passed away on Thursday.
Mary Lane posted on Tapestry Compendium Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1152648421508125/
1. Exhibition: Weaving Water – Woven Lands
BTG Scottish Group tapestry weavers
Meet the Artists: 3 November 1 – 4pm
Garsdale Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria, LA10 5LW
30 October 2019 to 3 January 2020
2. Exhibition: Environments
Jackie Bennett writes:
I am currently showing my tapestry “Pells Fog” in the Environments exhibition, organised by Outside In at Piano Nobile, Kings Place, York Way, London N1 9AG (Kings Cross Underground station)
The exhibition runs from 28th October – 1st January. It looks like a very interesting exhibition – although I have not seen it yet -there are works by 80 artists, selected by Grayson Perry, Cathie Pilkington and Robert Travers.
More details attached and also from Outside In website – where I am currently Artist of the Month https://outsidein.org.uk/news/artist-of-the-month/artist-of-the-month-october-2019-jackie-bennett/
3. Heallreaf 3: People’s Choice
Margaret Jones writes:
So that’s it, Heallreaf 3 is over and done with, apart from the fact there are a pile of tapestries in the studio waiting to be returned to the artists.
The most important thing to do today is to announce the winners of the Weavers Bazaar People’s Prize. If you came to the shows the chances are you will have been asked to vote for your favourite. One lovely man in London asked if he could vote for four and when we said said ‘no’ he said he couldn’t possible vote for just one and left the gallery, a huge compliment to all the artists.
Thank you to everyone who voted. Matty from Weavers Bazaar took away the votes on Saturday and counted them four times to double check and for the second time we have a tie.
So big congratulations to the joint winners of the Heallreaf 3 People’s Prize who are:
Joan Baxter for her piece ‘Strandsong’ and Margaret Jones for ‘The Fallen’.
4. ATA News
AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE: BARBARA LEVINE
Barbara Levine has received the Award for Excellence for her tapestry, “Heliconius”, in the exhibition Impact: Climate Change which was held at Belmont Gallery of Art in Belmont, MA and will be traveling to San Francisco, CA as a part of a traveling exhibition organized by Tapestry Weavers West and Tapestry Weavers in New England.
Read more about her work and what inspires Barbara at: https://americantapestryalliance.org/awards/ata-award-for-excellence/ata-award-for-excellence-list-of-winners/2019-barbara-levine/
IT PAYS TO BE PRESENT ATA’s Latest Blog Post by Barbara Burns
In her latest blog post, Barbara Burns reflects on the value of being present at various public events that showcase her tapestries. Barbara points out valuable tips on how to get your work noticed and how to present information to viewers in a friendly and inviting manner with results that just might surprise you!
5. Heritage Crafts Association News
Pioneers: William Morris and the Bauhaus
Where: William Morris Gallery, London
When: 19 October to 26 January 2020
The UK’s first exhibition dedicated to the influence of the English Arts and Crafts figurehead on the radical German design school is going on show at William Morris’s childhood home in Walthamstow.
Read the newsletter at: https://mailchi.mp/3c09107ff8f4/hca_members_10_19?e=93f0bd8979
Newsletter No. 40
Until December, SOAS is hosting an exhibition of ‘African Textiles from the Karun Thakar Collection’.
TextielMuseum in Tilburg is showing an exhibition: ‘Bauhaus & Modern Textiles in the Netherlands’…
Read the nesletter at: https://us14.campaign-archive.com/?e=b4676973e5&u=2ecccbd9c19df94f48080e541&id=ebcb13792d
STOP PRESS – ‘THREADS IN SHEDS’
Notification of National Exhibition for Full BTG Members
‘THREADS IN SHEDS’
To be held at:
Whitchurch Silk Mill
Whitchurch (nr. Basingstoke)
Date: September to November 2021
A title based on the beginnings of the Whitchurch Silk Mill where all the manufacturing of their silk cloth took place in sheds by the River Test.
All of the work should be designed and created specifically for this exhibition. The essence of the theme is to allow you to interpret with freedom and be able to create your own individual story through your weaving. Our aim is to make an impact in the contemporary art establishment with a diverse and multi-facetted display of original, new work.
Through a non-specific title we envisage seeing a wide range of weaving styles being expressed. From representational, 3-D, mixed media and collaborations allow your imagination free reign.
We aim to push the boundaries and create an exhibition to excite and educate both the weaver and the visitor.
This will be a juried exhibition. Further information will be forthcoming later.