Approved: 29.10.2010

Caron Penney

Artist, Maker, Curator, Project manager, Consultant

Approved: 29.10.2010

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. 

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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
  • Categories: Textiles
 
 
 

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    Biography

    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

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training

    2000 - PGCE (Post Compulsory) Teacher Training, University of Portsmouth, Chichester

    1993 - BA (Hons) Constructed Textiles, Middlesex University, London

     

    Employment

    2014 - present - Consultant - West Dean Tapestry Studio 

    2013 - present - Consultant / Maker - WEFTFACED Tapestry Workshop 

    2001 - present - Short Course Tutor at West Dean College, Handweavers Studios, Fashion and   Textiles Museum

    1993 - 2013 - Studio Director - West Dean Tapestry Studio

     

    Group exhibitions

    2014 - The Wool Interiors Collection, Campaign for Wool, Southwark Cathedral, London

    2014 - Summer Exhibition, Royal Accademy of Arts, London

    2014 - Summer Exhibition, Zimmer Stewart Gallery, Arundel, West Sussex

    2014 - Open Studios, Chichester, West Sussex

    2013 - Finding the Unicorn - Tapestries Mythical and Modern, The Fleming Collection, London 

    2011 - Collect - Crafts Council Exhibition, Saatchi Gallery, London

    2010 - Open Studios, Chichester, West Sussex

    2009 - Collect - Crafts Council Exhibition, Saatchi Gallery, London

    2008 - Collect - Crafts Council Exhibition, V&A Museum, London

     

    Curated projects

    2013 - Finding the Unicorn - Tapestries Mythical and Modern, Fleming Collection, London

     

    Artist talks

    2013 - The Rebirth of a Palace: Rediscovering the Unicorn Tapestries, The Fleming Collection, London 

    2012 - The New Unicorn Tapestries, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

    2012 - The Real Thing, the Value of Authenticity and Replication for Investigation and Conservation, Glasgow University , Glasgow

    2008 - The Unicorn Tapestries, London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, London

    2006 - Tapestry Study Day, V&A Museum, London

     

    Workshops (currently teaching)

    2002 - 2014 - 'An exploration of Tapestry Weaving', West Dean College, Chichester, West Sussex

    2001 - 2014 - 'Tapestry Weaving for Beginners' and 'Tapestry Weaving - Further Techniques', West Dean College, Chichester, West Sussex

    2014 - 'Introduction to Tapestry', 'Next Steps - Tapestry Weaving' Fashion and Textiles Museum, London

    2014 - 'Tapestry Workshop', Handweavers Studio, London

     

    Publications

    2014 Woven Worlds, House and Garden Magazine

    2014 - Authenticity and Replication: the ‘Real Thing’ in Art and Art Conservation. London: Archetype Publications 

    2013 - Fabricated Artwork, The English Home

    2011 - Tapestry - A Woven Narrative, Black Dog Publishing

    2008 - Capturing the Past, Period Living, Caroline Wheater

    2008 - Fruit of the Loom, Crafts Magazine, Margot Coats

    2008 - Master Weavers at the Cloisters, Met Matters (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

    2008 - Thrill of the Chase, Selvedge Magazine, Sue Prichard