Contemporary Textile Trends - In Recognition of Prince Charles's Attempt at Tapestry Weaving

Nicholas Forrest
Nov 8, 2012 1:35AM

In recognition of Prince Charles's attempt at weaving a tapestry during his Royal Tour of Australia, I thought I would put together some textile-related contemporary works of art that in some way or another pay homage to the tradition of tapestry weaving. The art of tapestry weaving is not given anywhere near enough recognition as a wonderful medium with which artists can create fantastic textures and great effects that are a fresh alternative to the often sterile and clinical works of art that are a contemporary art market staple.

Rosemarie Beck's wonderful Embroidered fabric work titled "Bather" is a great contemporary interpretation of the historic embroidery samplers that we are all familiar with.

Taking the art of textile one step further, Noel Anderson’s woven tapestry “b1”, 2011 is a rather interesting work that combines confronting imagery with the subtle, ladylike craft of tapestry.

One of the great progenitors of modern textile art, Anni Albers produced many works using different types of fabric and threads.  Her work “Hanging”, 1967 is uses woven silk and rayon to create an amazing modernist work.

Ryan DaWalt takes a completely different to the use of linen with his paintings composed of colored steel particulate sprinkled with his fingers onto pieces of linen fixed to magnetic plates.  DaWalt’s work “French Open”, 2011 uses metal to give the impression of soft material.  Very cool indeed!!

Mark Barrow’s painted textiles are yet another deviation from the textile weaving tradition. Painting on linen hand-woven by his wife Sarah Parke, Barrow traces the textile’s abstract patterns from left to right, applying dots of paint to raised portions of the weave. 

Not only are tapestries and other forms of textile art visually appealing and wonderfully intriguing, they also make sense from a decorating perspective as many can be easily hung and moved to different positions.

Textile art deserves to be given more consideration by collectors and investors given how many fantastic artists are using the medium to great effect.  Time for a tapestry renaissance.

Nicholas Forrest
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