Obituary – Douglas Grierson

10 October 2019

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Obituary – Douglas Grierson

It is with great sadness that Dovecot announces that Douglas Grierson has passed away. Grierson, who has died aged 73, worked at Dovecot for over 50 years during which he worked with some of the 20th century’s best-known artists. His legacy to Scotland includes supervising Dovecot Studios move to become a centre for contemporary tapestry in 2008, the introduction of gun-tufted rugs to the Studios artistic portfolio, and establishing the importance of the relationship between weaver and artist which has led to some of Dovecot’s most successful tapestry commissions.

Douglas Grierson (1946-2019) joined Dovecot as an Apprentice in 1961, becoming Studio Manager from 1993 and Head Weaver from 2000 until his retirement in 2011. He worked on many important projects during this time, including Joyce Conwy Evans’ Spirit of Dance 1962, Eduardo Paolozzi’s Whitworth tapestry 1967-8, Frank Stella’s Had Gaya tapestries 1985-6, Alan Davie’s To A Celtic Spirit 2002, and Patrick Caulfield’s Pause on the Landing 2005.

His important contribution to Dovecot and Scottish tapestry weaving is highlighted in The Scotsman, The Herald and The Times.

Douglas Grierson is survived by his wife Fiona Mathison, who also worked at Dovecot, his son Sandy, daughter-in-law Leah, and his two grandchildren.

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