Touring Exhibition: Fleece to Fibre - The Making of the Large Tree Group Tapestry
1 April 2014 to 14 February 2015
Dovecot Studios is delighted to announce that Fleece to Fibre: the making of The Large Tree Group Tapestry will be travelling to Inverness and London in 2014 to 2015 after its return from the Australian Tapestry Workshop in Melbourne.
Victoria Crowe’s celebrated painting, Large Tree Group (1975), was chosen by Dovecot Studios to be woven into a large tapestry as part of their centenary celebrations. The Studios had previously collaborated with Victoria Crowe in 2007 on Two Views tapestry, which was commissioned by the Duke of Buccleuch. The Large Tree Group Tapestry was completed in 2013 after hundreds of hours of careful work by Dovecot’s Master Weavers. Using only un-dyed wool sourced from around the country, the tapestry is presented at the heart of the Fleece to Fibre: the making of The Large Tree Group Tapestry exhibition. The tapestry was first shown at Dovecot Studios in summer 2013 as part of the Fleece to Fibre exhibition, which proved to be one of the most popular shows in Dovecot’s history to date.
Fleece to Fibre: the making of The Large Tree Group Tapestry explores the process behind the project, tracing the journey from sheep through to yarn and then into the completed tapestry. Some 70 producers across Great Britain, from small-scale crofters to large estates, provided wool from diverse sheep breeds then spun by a range of specialists – again from individual spinners and small groups to commercial operations on a semi-industrial scale.
Accompanying the work is a series of commissioned photographic portraits from renowned Scottish photographer, Alicia Bruce, which celebrate the diversity of those people who have contributed behind the scenes to this complex project. Portraits of Victoria Crowe and the Dovecot weavers sit alongside those of some of the owners and caretakers of the sheep, as well as the spinners whose work was integral to the tapestry. Fleece to Fibre: the making of The Large Tree Group Tapestry celebrates the diversity, skill and ingenuity of artists, designers and makers who choose to work with yarn and textiles. A selection from Paul Farnham’s series of photographs, published in Beautiful Sheep (2008) highlights the range of sheep breeds that produced the un-dyed wool used in the creation of this unique collaborative tapestry.
Since it’s unveiling in Edinburgh in August 2013, the Large Tree Group Tapestry has been acquired and gifted to National Museums Scotland by Sir Angus Grossart, and is made available for tour as a result of their flexibility and cooperation.
Fleece to Fibre: the making of The Large Tree Group Tapestry was curated by Ben Divall and funded by The Dovecot Foundation and Creative Scotland.
Touring Venues are:
Australian Tapestry Workshop
1 April – 6 June 2014
See www.austapestry.com.au for opening times and accessibility
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
30 August – 24 September 2014
See www.inverness.highland.museum for opening times and accessibility
29 October – 14 February 2015
See www.flemingcollection.com for opening times and accessibility