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Weave a portrait! - Tapestry workshops and communal artwork

From 5 May 2012 to 2 June 2012

Institut français d’Ecosse

13 Randolph Crescent Edinburgh EH3 7TT

As part of the exhibition ’Vive la tapisserie! 3’, the artists of the collective STAR* are running a series of small tapestry workshop during the course of the exhibition. Participants will work on small portraits that will then form part of a large communal work.

Book into a workshop to explore the basics of tapestry and weave a self-portrait or a portrait of your friend, a family member, a celebrity... and contribute to a communal work that will be displayed in the gallery for the time of the exhibition.

Tapestry can be a simple process and in weaving, you are drawing with wool. Working freely, you will establish the basic shapes of the shoulder and neck and gradually your portrait will emerge from the base upwards. By breaking down the portrait into these simple areas, the potential of drawing and the excitement of tapestry take over. Your portrait will evolve and alter as you weave and cover the warps.

By focusing on this particular aspect of tapestry you will explore the potential and the limitations of the medium. As the communal work evolves you may also be influenced by the weaving that others have done.

Large Communal Artwork

Your tapestry will form part of a large communal work which will gradually evolve and be completed at the end of the last workshop. This will allow each participant to perceive their work in a new, exciting context as well as to reflect on the vitality of their contribution within the collective piece.


Every workshop is 2 hours long and run independently. It can be booked on its own or as a package. Advanced booking is compulsory.

Workshops are running on:
- Tuesday 8. 15, 22 and 29 May from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
- Wednesday 9, 16, 23 and 30 May from 2 pm to 4 pm
- Saturday 5, 12, 19 and 26 May from 10.30 am to 12.30pm.

Members: £3 / Non members £5
Suitable for chidren (8+)
Information and bookings: 0131 225 53 66
Participating artists: Linda Green, Fiona Hutchison and Jo McDonald

Cutting off ceremony

On the last day of the exhibition ’Vive la tapisserie! 3’, all the participants will be invited to come back to finish off and collect their tapestries. This will also be the occasion to meet and have a chat with the other budding weavers who took part in the project.

Saturday 2 June from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
Admission free

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