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

Caron Penney

Artist, Maker, Curator, Project manager, Consultant

Caron Penney has been producing tapestries for almost 20 years and is a Master Tapestry Weaver. In October 2013 she established a Tapestry Weaving Studio called WEFTFACED. Whose objectives are to support the heritage craft of woven tapestry through making, education, exhibitions and consultancy. Penney was the Studio Director of the eminent West Dean Tapestry Studio in West Sussex from 2009 - 2013. 'As well as working on high-profile commissions, 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, and representing emotions by drawing upon her own 'visual diary'. She sees and embraces the similarities between the historic artist's journal-the documentation of brief moments in time, whether ecstatic, sexually motivated or humdrum - and the medium of tapestry - often used to capture the contemporary narratives of everyday and cultural life - to provide her abstracted representations of daily life; Penney uses the medium to convey a comment on life, imprint a moment in time, or to show discord or harmony. This approach complements her belief as a weaver that tapestry is a singularly bespoke form of textiles, unrepeatable by hand and wholly idiosyncratic to the person weaving it. Penney works in restricted colour palettes in her weaving, as evident in the tapestries Web of Time, 2009, Stop, 2009, and Crowd, 2010 - the latter also drawing structural comparisons in the weft-and-warp construction of tapestry to the gridded road systems observed in trips to New York City. An exception to Penney's tendency towards juxtaposing. Greys and reds is her part of the collaborative triptych Citrus Sinensis, 2008-created with fellow West Dean weavers Katharine Swailes and Jo Howard-which depicts an almost ecclesiastical-looking plant design in brown, blue and beige.' TAPESTRY - A Woven Narrative - Black Dog Publishing. Axisweb Artist of the Month February 2014 read full statement

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 Textiles

News & Events

  • Tapestry 'STOP' to be exhibited at RA Summer Exhibition

    09/06/2014 – 17/08/2014
    Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London

    The artwork 'STOP' will be exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition. The selection was from 12,000 submissions and it is a rarity to have hand woven tapestry weaving go on show.

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  • Summer Exhibition

    26/06/2014 – 25/07/2014
    Zimmer Stewart Gallery

    Caron Penney and Katharine Swailes will join the summer exhibition at the Zimmer Stewart Gallery in Arundel, West Sussex this summer.

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  • An Introduction to Tapestry Weaving

    03/07/2014 – 04/07/2014
    Fashion and Textiles Museum, London

    This workshop is for those who have admired woven tapestry and have always wanted to give it a try. The clear structure to the course will enable students to gain confidence with the medium.

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  • What's the point of it? Hayward Gallery

    'Work No. 1683' woven by Caron Penney goes on show at the Hayward Gallery from Wednesday 29 January 2014 - Sunday 27 April 2014.

  • An Exploration of Tapestry Weaving

    09/08/2014 – 15/08/2014
    West Dean College

    This workshop is designed to help complete beginners and intermediate weavers with some experience to develop a clear understanding of the basic structure and materials of woven tapestry.

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  • Tapestry Workshop

    19/07/2014 – 20/07/2014
    Handweavers Studio, 140 Seven Sisters Road, London N7 7NS

    This workshop is a general tapestry class, investigating project based work. There will be a clear structure to the course which will enable students to gain confidence with the art of tapestry.

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  • Tapestry Weaving for Beginners

    03/10/2014 – 05/10/2014
    West Dean College

    This is a workshop for complete beginners who would like to find out more about Tapestry Weaving.

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    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.