Links

Here you will find links that might be of interest to new and intermediate weavers, and even the more more experienced ones. There are tapestry societies and guilds, other textile societies and associationstapestry related videos, museums, online databases and conservation and restoration. For publications, look at the extensive list on the Books page. There is also a comprehensive list of Where to see Tapestries in the UK on the What is Tapestry Weaving page.

Tapestry Societies and Guilds

The American Tapestry Alliance

The American Tapestry Alliance is a non-profit organisation supporting the fine arts medium of contemporary handwoven tapestry. 

American Tapestry Alliance 

Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinner & Dyers

The objectives of the Association are the preservation and improvement of the craftsmanship in hand weaving, spinning and dyeing for the benefit of the public and the promotion of public education in such craftsmanship. The Association acts as an umbrella organisation for land-based guilds primarily in the UK but there are also overseas guilds.  

Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinner & Dyers

The Australian Tapestry Workshop

The mission of the Australian Tapestry Workshop is to ensure that this traditional art form and specialist creative skills are kept and thriving in Australia through active collaboration with contemporary artists. As resurgence in the art of contemporary tapestry continues to grow worldwide, the ATW remains deeply committed to its role as an international leader.

Australian Tapestry Workshop

Canadian Tapestry Network

The Canadian Tapestry Network is an organisation dedicated to communication amongst its members across Canada and around the World, fellow tapestry weavers and all those who love tapestry. It is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers and publishes a newsletter with a Canadian slant to document, promote and advertise individuals and events related to the art of woven tapestry.

Canadian Tapestry Network

 

Other Textile Societies and Associations

The Oriental Rug & Textile Society

The society was established in 1977 to encourage enthusiasm and interest in the carpets and textiles of the Orient and the world. 

The Oriental Rug & Textile Society

The Surface Design Association

The Surface Design Association’s  mission is to be engaged in the creative exploration of fibre and fabric mission and to promote awareness and appreciation of textile-inspired art and design.

Surface Design Association

The Textile Association of America

The Textile Society of America provides an international forum for the exchange and dissemination of information about textiles worldwide, from artistic, cultural, economic, historic, political, social, and technical perspectives.

Textile Society of America

The Textile Society

The Textile Society promotes the study of textile disciplines and celebrates the history and culture of textiles, both traditional and contemporary. 

Textile Society

 

Tapestry Related Videos

Un fil sense fi - How to make a tapestry

Un fil sense fi - How to make a tapestry - 23 minute documentary by Cesc Bisoca where he shows making of a great apple tapestry

The Making of Butterfly

The Making of Butterfly -  7 minute film from Dovecot Studios about Alison Watt's Butterfly tapestry for Scottish Opera.

 

Museums

The British Museum

The British Museum holds textiles from all over the world, including Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas and Oceania.

Victoria and Albert Museum

The V&A has a collection of over 5,000 textiles spanning 2,000 years on display in the galleries. Sample online some of the best textiles for historical research and reference. Use the Access to Images database to find images and information about textiles and dress in the collection.

 

Online Databases

Glasgow School of Art Archives

The Archives and Collections is a resource for the study of art, design, architecture and art education. 

Visual Artists Data Service

VADS (the Visual Arts Data Service) has provided services to the academic community for 20 years and has built up a considerable portfolio of visual art collections comprising over 140,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK. 

The International Textile Collection

The International Textile Collection (formerly ULITA) is now part of Special Collections and Galleries, Leeds University Library. 

Goldsmiths Textile Collection

The collection at Goldsmiths University ranges from the 1940’s to the present day and includes ethnographic and historical textiles as well as examples from textile artists. 

Herriot Watt University

The Collection is an internationally recognised resource for Scottish textile heritage and includes some early and rare examples of tweed and tartan. By appointment only. 

 

Conservation and Restoration

Conservation of the 15th Century Unicorn Tapestry

A report on the Conservation of the 15th Century Unicorn Tapestry at the V&A Museum, London. 

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