“Tapestry is as simple as the alphabet and as complicated as the dictionary”.

Tapestry weaving is a technique that takes time but in simply bringing together warp and weft yarns the range for creative expression becomes immense. With its rich historical tradition of storytelling, tapestry is both an art and craft that takes time. This five-day workshop is about learning, playing and exploring your creativity at your own pace and discovering your own story in tapestry.

The workshop will be led by internationally renowned artist Fiona Rutherford who lives and works in Edinburgh. Her tapestries are highly narrative, infused with stories, poems and music drawn from everyday life. They contain simple abstract imagery infused with a love of colour that stems from her early childhood years in India. You can see more images of her work, and also of other workshops she has run, at www.rutherfordtextileart.com

The workshop will suit you whether you are new to tapestry weaving or want to expand your own ideas and textile techniques. Over the week, Fiona will guide you through the steps of generating designs, preparing frames and exploring different ways of creating surface pattern and texture. You will be using light wood frame looms and a vibrant range of cotton and linen yarns. Everyone will complete a tapestry, mounted and ready to take home.

Throughout the course, Fiona will demonstrate and discuss her own approach to her work and in particular her stunning use of colour. There will also be opportunities for everyone to discuss and share ideas and learn more about the history of the wonderful medium of tapestry.

Cost for the week is £220, plus a small charge for materials. Places will be limited to ensure individual tuition.

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