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

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

News & Events

  • Hand Woven Tapestry Works

    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

    02/03/2015 – 05/03/2015
    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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  • Woven Tapestry Masterclass: Hatching and Blending

    Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH

    Learn ancient weaving techniques with Caron Penney, weaver of the Tracey Emin, Martin Creed and Gillian Ayres tapestries. You will learn the art of interpretation through hatching and blending.

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  • Tapestry Weaving for Beginners

    02/10/2015 – 04/10/2015
    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.

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