Events & Activities

TAPESTRY TOGETHER

Online get-togethers, discussion around a topic

Anna and Irene introduce the topic, we all discuss it and learn from one another as we go.

Tapestry Together 4: April 14th, 2.30pm or 7pm – Monochrome

Tapestry Together 5: May 12th, 2.30pm or 7pm – Topic to be decided

Tapestry Together 6: June 9th, 2.30pm or 7pm – Topic to be decided

Limited numbers for each session. Secure your place by booking via Eventbrite.

We’re asking people to make a suggested donation of £5 (or your choice) towards the cost of organising and facilitating the event.

Recordings available from past sessionscontact Anna for details.


TAPESTRY: IN CONVERSATION

Anna and Irene talk to a weaver who is leading the field – an in-depth conversation about their inspirations and their work.

7pm each month.

SUE LAWTY Wednesday 24th March

In March we talked to Sue Lawty of the wonderful ‘Earth Materials’ book. Weaver of elemental, monochrome tapestries using natural materials such as hemp, raphia, linen, ramie and lead, and creator of intricate stone drawings. We heard about how landscape and a sense of place inspire her, along with her explorations in rhythm, texture and pattern.

JOAN BAXTER Wednesday 21st April

Winter Morning, Loch Brora – Joan Baxter 2021

In April, we’re delighted to welcome Joan Baxter, exploring her landscapes of inspiration and imagination. All of her tapestries have landscape at their heart but they aim to convey much more than simply a beautiful view. Her landscapes of inspiration are mostly within walking or cycling distance of her home in the far north of Scotland, landscapes she has studied in all seasons and weathers for many years.

“There are so many strands that feed into the making of a tapestry design. The landscape is a framework that contains the layers of thought and research that make up the ‘story’ I want to weave into being. These elements can be the physical geography of a place or personal responses to the quality of light or the atmosphere at a particular moment, or archaeological remains and folk tales, or all of these. They can be expressing deep time or a fleeting moment.”

MICHAEL CROMPTON Wednesday 26th May

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Caminata del Sol – Michael Crompton 1994

Join us to celebrate 60 years of weaving with Michael Crompton! We will find out how he started in textiles and how his career developed, the running of a small country workshop, and the role of tapestry weaving in his textile journey. He has developed his own design of tapestry loom, which has evolved from working with a range of looms over his career. He has a very characteristic style, with designs influenced by his travels, thoughts on people and our environment, time, the seasons, and our relationship to the boundaries of the physical and spiritual worlds. We will explore his approach to design, with discussions around ways to explore ideas and develop a creative practice.

FIONA HUTCHISON Wednesday 23rd June

Tickets £10 each. You can book your place on Eventbrite.


NEARLY WILD WEAVING EXPERIENCES

Irene and Anna take you outdoors to explore the natural world with a ‘weaverly eye’, then enjoy a relaxing experience weaving outdoors. And, of course, enhanced with homemade lunch and cake!

All based at Underhill Farm on the Shropshire/Powys border.

Bookings open on Eventbrite (follow the links below).

Contact Irene for more information or to go on our mailing list.

Saturday May 22nd and Sunday May 23rd MORE INFO & BOOK HERE

Thursday June 17th and Friday June 18th MORE INFO & BOOK HERE

Friday 25th – Sunday 27th June MORE INFO & BOOK HERE

Thursday July 1st – Sunday July 4th MORE INFO & BOOK HERE

Suitable for beginners and more experienced tapestry weavers. If tapestry weaving is completely new to you, we’ll show you the basics so that you can create your first woven tapestry; if you have experience, this is an opportunity to take your tapestry weaving practice out of the studio and try a different approach.

It’s a chance to share relaxed and creative time with like-minded people, observing the colours, texture and shapes of nature, then creating your own woven tapestry with guidance and support from Irene and Anna.

We’ll be based at Irene’s studio on a quiet smallholding on the Wales/Shropshire border. Located right next to the Llanymynech Rocks nature reserve and within walking distance of the Montgomery Canal and the Llanymynech Heritage Area, we’re awash with artistic inspiration on our doorstep – woodland, wildflowers, the rockwalls of the former quarry and all sorts of associated industrial heritage. We have our fingers firmly crossed for wonderful weather, but if our luck runs out, we have wet weather options both indoor and out. At the farm, we can make use of our converted barn, or we can sit under cover of the Heritage Area’s Hoffman Kiln to weave the view from its shelter

COVID PRECAUTIONS

We’ll operate with suitable measures including: equipment provided for your use will be appropriately cleaned before use; participants will be asked to sit at a distance from one another indoors and out; food and drink will be provided using disposable plates and cutlery if requested.

ACCOMMODATION

At Underhill, we can offer one double/twin self-catering unit in our converted Bullbarn, available on a first come first served basis. We also have space for camping and a hard-standing area for camper vans (no hook-up available).

Otherwise, there are various B&B, self-catering and hotel options in the area. Please contact Irene for details.

OUTDOOR TAPESTRY WEAVING WORKSHOPS, WITH RADIATE ARTS

Working with Radiate Arts, Irene is running several outdoor tapestry weaving workshops at Clywedog Reservoir in May and June.

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