Tapestry: A Woven Narrative is a review of contemporary tapestry design, discussing the progression from early designs to tapestry production today. The book looks in detail at the current tapestry scene, in which weavers and artists across the globe have begun appropriating the medium to present their work and ideas in a previously unexplored fashion, creating a fascinating juxtaposition between the sociocultural documentation of many historical works and the more abstract, contemporary and personal themes often dealt with in tapestries today.
The publication includes works from notable modern artists such as Tracey Emin, Annika Ekdahl, Chuck Close, Fred Tomaselli, Marta Rogoyska, Archie Brennan, RB Kitaj and Lynne Curran. In addition, the publication looks at the output of Dovecot Studios, West Dean Tapestry Studio and the Australian Tapestry Workshop, the three most eminent studios of their kind in the world. Tapestry also discusses the practical aspects of tapestry production, taking in both historical methods and those employed by the few specialist tapestry houses that still flourish in today's world.
Tapestry features insightful original texts from experts in the field such as curator Timothy Wilcox, noted academic Fiona Mathison and eminent weaver and West Dean Studio Director Caron Penney. Beautifully illustrated, it is a stunning and comprehensive exploration of this historical but progressive tradition.