Tapestry is a form of weft-faced weaving – weaving where all the weft threads (threads that run across) cover the warp threads (threads that run up and down). The process is slow, and the weaver works on small areas at a time to build up shapes by hand. It is an ancient artform dating back to the ancient Egyptian Coptic tapestries, and reaching the height of its popularity during the Medieval period.
Tapestry is enjoying a resurgence in popularity with contemporary artists embracing its ancient techniques. Woven Tapestry: Ancient Art in a Modern World presents work by members of the Tapestry Network and demonstrates the range of styles the weavers work in.
The Tapestry Network encourages and links tapestry weavers of all levels throughout New Zealand and Australia. Members of the Tapestry Network have exhibited in the Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries and won awards at the bi-annual Creative Fibre National Exhibition.
Image: tapestry by Elizabeth Arnold
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