Approved: 10.12.2008

Katharine Swailes

Artist, Maker

Approved: 10.12.2008

I create handwoven tapestry, the materials inform the shape and form of the work, through a limited number of techniques and yarns.

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    Artist Statement

    I create handwoven tapestry, the materials inform the shape and form of the work, through a limited number of techniques and yarns.

    CV & Education

    Katharine Swailes

    STUDIO Arundel West Sussex
    Web profiles: @katharineswailes @weftfaced www.weftfaced.com

    PROFILE

    Katharine Swailes has created textiles for over 30 years, working in tapestry since1999. She specialises in both conventional flat wall works and smaller three- dimensional, sculptural pieces - as well as weaving large scale commissions at Atelier Weftfaced and West Dean Tapestry Studio - an interest in the constructively open ended nature of the medium, is at the heart of Katharine's practice.

    THEO MOORMAN AWARD — recipient 2016

    CORDIS PRIZE shortlisted 2016 + 2019

    Film

    Harmony and Surprise about the making of Uncovered with Biggs/Collings- by RA Collaborations 2017

    ARTISTS TALKS

    V&A Museum guest speaker — Tapestries: Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque June 23 2019 London Craft Week at The Royal Society of Sculptors, Atelier Weftfaced - 10 May 2018
    West Dean Tapestry Symposium —
    Uncovered in conversation with Emma Biggs and Matthew Collings May 2017

    West Dean Tapestry Symposium - 2015
    The Mystic Hunt of the Unicorn — V&A Museum, London, 2012 and 2013?
    Discovering Beauty, the Mystic Hunt of the Unicorn — The Fleming Collection, London 2013 ?The New Unicorn Tapestries — The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, 2008 - 2012.

    PUBLICATIONS

    Town and Country - March 2019
    KraftKind - April 2019
    Crafts Council Directory Maker of the week 2 March 2018
    House and Garden - Specialist Feature by Emily Tobin, November 2017
    Journal of Weaver Spinners and Dyers - Theo Moorman Award interview Winter 2017
    Selvedge Blog - Glyphs and Loops - September 2016
    Surface Design – Finding the Unicorn by: Katharine Swailes, Summer 2016
    The Journal of Weavers Spinners and Dyers - Art Tapestry Play - Commission for Studio Toogood by: Swailes, Katharine, summer 2015
    [email protected] – From Back to Front curator: Jessica Hemmings.
    Online at: http://americantapestryalliance.org/exhibitions/tex_ata/from-back-to-front/ 2015 Campaign for Wool — USA, http://www.campaignforwool.org, 2014 ?
    Apollo — Agenda, Apollo’s guide to What’s On around the World in April, 2013
    Fabricated Works — The English Home, 2013?
    Finding the Unicorn — Scottish Arts News Magazine, Tracey Chevalier, 2013
    Elle Decoration - 5 best things in London - Collect at V&A - image of Swailes work April 200

    EXHIBITIONS

    Arundel Gallery Trail - 2019
    Cordis Tapestry Prize - Inverlieth House Edinburgh 2019
    Collect Open - Saatchi Gallery 2019
    Collect with CAA - Saatchi Gallery 2019
    CAA - winter 2019
    CAA - winter supporting House and Garden Feature 2017-18
    CAA - group exhibition Spring 2018
    Chichester Art Trail — Chichester, West Sussex, 2018
    Kate Derum Award - 2017
    London Craft Week - Hauser and Wirth behind the scenes with Martin Creed 5th May 2017
    Artists meet their Maker - Craft Study centre, Farnham 4th April - 1st July 2017
    Fly (Cordis Prize) - The Royal Scottish Academy Buildings 3 - 27 December 2016
    White Show - Clotworthy House - Antrim, N. Ireland. November 2016 - January 2017
    CAA’s Making a Winter’s Tale,16 November - 24 December 2016
    CAA’s New Member Showcase - 4 – 27 August 2016
    The White Show — Flow, London, Oct 2015 - February 2016
    [email protected] – From Back to Front curator: Jessica Hemmings.
    Online at: http://americantapestryalliance.org/exhibitions/tex_ata/from-back-to-front/ 2015?
    Weaving Manhattan — Zimmer Stewart Gallery, Arundel. June 2015 ?
    Craft Now — Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, 2014?
    Finding the Unicorn, Tapestries Mythical and Modern — The Fleming Collection, London, 2013 Collect — Crafts Council Exhibition, Saatchi Gallery, London, 2011, 2009?
    Collect — Crafts Council Exhibition, V&A Museum, London, 2008

    COLLECTIONS

    Private Collector — Glyphs and Loops The Four Seasons, UK, 2019 Private Collector — Medieval Manhattan UK, 2018
    Private Collector — Gold Manhattan, UK, 2015
    Private Collector — Rose Manhattan, UK, 2013?

    Private Collector — NYC Autumn Park, UK, 2011?
    Private Collector — A Castellation of Mille Fleur, UK, 2009 ?Shipley Art Gallery — Citrus Sinensis, Gateshead, UK, 2008?Private Collector — Untitled NYC gold, Japan, 2008

    EDUCATION

    Kirkby Stephen Grammar School 1974 - 1980

    Carlisle College of Art and Design — Northern Diploma in Applied Art and Design 1980-82 West Dean College — Post Graduate Diploma in Tapestry Weaving 1999

    West Dean College — professional development in Tapestry Weaving 2000