Photo: Katharine Swailes in Arundel, South East

Katharine Swailes

Artist, Maker, Digital designer, Researcher

Swailes has created textiles for over 20 years, specifically working in tapestry for the last decade. She 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 - and is interested in the constructively open ended nature of the medium. A piece such as 4 Enclosures, 2007, exemplifies the artists approach to small scale, multi textural pieces. It is comprised of four enclosed segments, each containing an object - whether made of wax, chalk, or wool - related to costume design, though displayed as stated by the artist herself, in a "fossil like quality" to evoke ideas of unchanged nature of tapestry medium over a millennia of existence. Publications TAPESTRY - A Woven Narrative - Black Dog Publishing Finding the Unicorn - Tapestries Mythical and Modern - Historic Scotland

Location Arundel, South East
Activities Practice-based research, Private commissions, Digital Design, Collecting
Artforms / type of project Project, Photography, Research, Textiles, Unclassified

News & Events

  • One Day workshops June 2015

    Arundel Museum Tapestry Weaving Workshops 06/06/2015 & 20/06/2015 Tapestry weaving workshops arranged by Weftfaced at Arundel Museum on the 6th and 20th June

  • exhibition

    05/06/2015 – 27/06/2015
    Zimmer Stewart Gallery, 29 Tarrant Street Arundel West Sussex BN18 9DG

    Exhibition with Caron Penney of hand woven tapestry inspired by Manhattan

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  • Christmas Exhibition

    29/11/2014 – 24/12/2014
    Zimmer Stewart Gallery, 29 Tarrant Street Arundel West Sussex BN18 9DG

    Christmas Mixed exhibition on Saturday 6 December with "Arundel by Candlelight" and we will be open till at least 7pm that day.

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  • Exhibition

    06/09/2014 – 07/09/2014
    West Dean House

    selection of small works

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  • Roly Poly

    The work Play woven by Katharine for Faye Toogood part of Assemblage No:4 Roly-Poly at Milan Design Festival Tuesday 8 April to Sunday 13 April Project B Gallery Via Maroncelli 7 20154

  • Summer Exhibition

    26/06/2014 – 26/07/2014
    Zimmer Stewart Gallery, 29 Tarrant Street Arundel West Sussex BN18 9DG

    During July we present a mix of gallery artists as well as some new ones in our ever popular Summer Exhibition.

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