• Fleece to Fibre: The Making of the Large Tree Group Tapestry

Fleece to Fibre: The Making of the Large Tree Group Tapestry

Part of Follow the Thread
Dovecot Studios summer celebration of weaving and wool

Victoria Crowe’s celebrated painting, Large Tree Group (1975), was commisioned by Dovecot in 2012 to be created into a large tapestry as part of its centenary celebrations. Using exclusively un-dyed wool sourced from around the country, the finished tapestry – complete after hundreds of hours of careful work by Dovecot’s master weavers – is at the heart of this exhibition.

Fleece to Fibre: The Making of the Large Tree Group Tapestry explores how the project came to fruition, and traces the journey from sheep to yarn to tapestry. Some 70 producers – from small-scale crofters to large estates – across Great Britain provided wool from a wide range of sheep breeds: these remarkable animals are responsible for the entire palette of colour used in the tapestry. These fleeces were, in turn, spun by a range of specialists – again from individual spinners and small groups to commercial operations on semi-industrial scale. A series of photographic portraits has also been commissioned especially for this exhibition to celebrate the diversity of those who have contributed behind the scenes.

Curated by Ben Divall

Edinburgh Art Festival 2022
Creative Scotland
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