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The Language of Weaving

Katharine Swailes & Caron Penney

Katharine Swailes and Caron Penney: The Language of Weaving presents an

exhibition of 15 woven tapestries by two of the leading artists working with tapestry weaving today. Tapestry weaving has a long and rich history, and Swailes and Penney see themselves working within this continuous tradition. Their abstract and text-based tapestries explore the connection between weaving, language and pattern to create beautiful and skilfully hand-woven contemporary artworks.

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Katharine Swailes

Katharine Swailes (b.1963) is one of today’s leading contemporary artists working with tapestry weaving.Born and brought up in the beautiful Upper Eden Valley in Cumbria, now based in rural Sussex, the qualities of light and colour that shift across the landscape continue to inspire her. Swailes has exhibited widely and has work in numerous private and public collections, including the Guy’s & St. Thomas’ Art Collection who purchased the work for the maternity ward in 2019 at London

Art Fair.

Caron Penney

Caron Penney (b.1970) is one of today’s leading contemporary artists working with tapestry weaving. Born in Hampshire and brought up in the picturesque market village of Botley. Penney weaves with traditional materials synonymous with hand-woven tapestry, from worsted wool to gilt gold thread. She studied Constructed Textiles at Middlesex University and alongside her own practice, she teaches tapestry weaving. Penney has exhibited widely and has work in numerous private and public collections, including the Rumi Foundation, who purchased the tapestry ‘The Red Line ’at Collect Art Fair in 2022, in support of artists who create work of important social significance and social understanding.

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