Photo: Caron Penney in Arundel, West Sussex, South East

Caron Penney

Artist, Maker, Curator, Project manager, Consultant

The art of tapestry weaving is one which Caron Penney has development over a long career. This has involved the creation of artwork for artists such as Tracey Emin, Martin Creed, John Hubbard and Gillian Ayres. Penney contributed to the book ‘Tapestry - a woven narrative’ publish in 2011 and Authenticity and Replication: the ‘Real Thing’ in Art and Art Conservation, in 2014.  As well as working on high-profile commissions for the West Dean Tapestry Studio and her own Weftfaced Tapestry Workshop, Penney is a prolific exhibition-led weaver in her own right. ‘A defining characteristic of her oeuvre as an artist is the use of visual semiotics in expressing autobiographical themes.’* Penney travelled repeatedly to Manhattan from 2001 - 2012. 

‘My artwork uses both references to the street architecture, and structural comparisons between the warp and weft and the gridded road systems in New York. Often these themes respond to the ebb and flow of the daily migration across the city. The subject matter draws comparisons between societies need to function and the individuals need for identity and their subtle co-existence. This careful balance is represented in the meticulous repetition of patterns and shapes in my tapestries. My artwork reproduces familiar visual signs arranging them in sequences and rhythms. The colour red establishes a sense of separation within a dominant monochromatic palette.

My ideas develop through observation, photography, sketches and the resulting tapestries. I use the same limited range of materials traditionally used to make hand woven tapestry, with the addition of dyed cotton warp thread which edges the finely woven pieces.’

References 

*Tapestry - a woven narrative, Black Dog Publishing, 2011

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Location Arundel, West Sussex, South East
Activities Further education, Adult education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Private commissions, Curating, Visual arts consultancy, Business planning, Project management, Technical installation
Artforms / type of project Textiles
Website http://www.weftfaced.com

News & Events

  • Introduction to Tapestry Weaving

    24/07/2015 – 25/07/2015
    West Dean College

    Led by Caron Penney, in this two day workshop students will learn the basic weave techniques used to create a tapestry, these include plain weave, soft diagonals, hatching, blending and shaping.

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  • Creative Weaving Workshop

    20/06/2015
    Arundel Museum

    This workshop is designed for all levels. You will learn new techniques or start from the beginning. This fun course will be held by both Caron Penney and Katharine Swailes, Master Weavers.

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  • Manhattan Exhibition

    Caron Penney & Katharine Swailes are exhibiting new tapestry works from the 5th - 27th June 2015 at the Zimmer Stewart Gallery, Arundel.

  • Creating Tapestry Further Weaving Techniques

    06/03/2016 – 09/03/2016
    West Dean College

    Explore techniques such as making shapes, blending and hatching, dovetailing an edge and creating lines and cartoon making. This course is ideal for those wanting to develop their weaving skills.

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  • WEFTFACED

    In October 2013 I established a Tapestry Weaving Studio called WEFTFACED. We support the heritage craft of woven tapestry through making, education, exhibitions and consultancy.

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