Approved: 10.12.2008

Katharine Swailes

Artist, Maker, Digital designer, Researcher

Approved: 10.12.2008

I have created textiles works for over 20 years, specifically working in tapestry for the last 15 years. I specialises in both conventional flat wall works and smaller three-dimensional, sculptural pieces - as well as weaving large scale commissions at West Dean Tapestry Studio - I am interested in the constructively open ended nature of the medium. Recent works explore the textures, systems

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  • Location: Arundel, South East
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Private commissions, Digital Design, Collecting
  • Categories: Project, Photography, Research, Textiles
 
 

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    Biography

    I have created textiles works for over 20 years, specifically working in tapestry for the last 15 years. I specialises in both conventional flat wall works and smaller three-dimensional, sculptural pieces - as well as weaving large scale commissions at West Dean Tapestry Studio - I am interested in the constructively open ended nature of the medium. Recent works explore the textures, systems and structure of Central Manhattan - using a limited pallete of techniques, material and colour. The inclusion of gold thread offers a contrast in structure to the natural fibres of cotton linen and wool. The latest series of work draws on the museum collections, the parks and streets of Manhattan.

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training
    2000 - Professional Development Year, in Tapestry Weaving, West Dean College
    1999 - Post Graduate diploma in tapestry Weaving, West Dean College
    1980 - 1982 Northern Diploma in Applied Design, Carlisle College of Art

    Employment
    2013 - Master Weaver Designer - West Dean Tapestry Studio
    2013 - Designer Weaver WEFTFACED Tapestry Workshop
    2011 - 2013 - Studio Manager - West Dean Tapestry Studio
    2007 - 2011 - Senior Weaver - West Dean Tapestry Studio
    2000 - 2007 - Weaver West Dean Tapestry Studio
    1982 - 1999 - Costumier - Cosprop Ltd, London

    Group exhibitions

    2014 - Craft Now, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
    2014 - Open Studios, Chichester
    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
      
    Artist talks
    2013 - The Mystic Hunt of the Unicorn, East Sussex Guild Spinners Weavers and Dyers
    2012 - 2013 - The Mystic Hunt of the Unicorn, V&A Museum London
    2013 - Discovering Beauty, The Mystic Hunt of the Unicorn: The Fleming Collection, London 
    2008 - 2012 The New Unicorn Tapestries, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
     
    Publications
    2013 - Finding the Unicorn, Tapestries Mythical and Modern
    2013 - Appollo, Agenda, Apollo’s guide to whats on around the world in April 
    2013 - Scottish Art News Magazine, Finding the Unicorn, Tracey Chevalier
    2011 - Tapestry - A Woven Narrative, Black Dog Publishing
    2008 - Fruit of the Loom, Crafts Magazine, Margot Coats
    2008 - Master Weavers at the Cloisters, Met Matters (Metropolitan Museum of Art)