Tapestry is a singular medium with a long history and a unique sensuality which appeals to the senses in both a visual and a haptic way, even when the work is on a small scale. In Edinburgh tapestry came directly from the French Gobelin tradition, where content was always more important than the mere manipulation of the yarn.
Founded in 2010 STAR* gather tapestry weavers who all graduated from the Tapestry Department at Edinburgh College of Art. The Tapestry Department was always characterised by a freedom of expression and a broad view about the possibilities of the medium, which allowed students to develop their own concerns and interests and the freshness of this approach was reinforced by an openness to what tapestry could be, rather than teaching how it was and ought to be.
STAR* members exhibit regularly all over the world and their work is to be found in public buildings and collections both here and abroad including in Edinburgh the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the Royal Scottish Museum, the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Executive and the City Art Centre. Some of the group are currently showing in la 9e triennale internationale des mini-textiles which began at Musée Jean Lurcat et de la Tapisserie contemporaine at Angers in 2009 and which will conclude a worldwide tour this summer.
Guest Artist: Sue Timney
The STAR* collective is delighted to welcome as guest artist this year Sue Timney, a Postgraduate in Tapestry in 1977. Sue set up her company Timney-Fowler on leaving RCA in 1979, opening her first shop in Notting Hill in 1983. Since then the business has continued to expand and she has developed projects all over the world, while continuing in her teaching role as Visiting Professor of Textiles at the RCA where she was elected an Honorary Fellow in 2006. Prince Philip Designer of the Year in 1991 she, along with many other prizes and awards has been twice the recipient of the Roscoe Award for Product Design in USA. More recently she was commissioned to design carpets for The Rug Company and in 2010 the Fashion and Textile Museum in London held a Retrospective of her work.
Weave a portrait!
A series of small tapestry workshops is run concurrently with the exhibition and a large gobelin loom will be in situ so a communal tapestry can be made over that period. Find out more about these workshops here.
Picture: Les blessures (detail) @Anna Ray