The tapestry Abandoned Cottage on the Isle of Stroma, Caithness was woven by Ben Hymers at the end of his three-year apprenticeship.
The completed tapestry, depicts a watercolour by His Royal Highness, The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay. HRH supported the project by generously giving permission for his watercolour to be translated by the apprentice. Undertaken as part of the Dovecot apprenticeship scheme, it represents growing UK support to teach and preserve fine art and craft skills in one of Western civilisation’s oldest and richest art forms.
In addition to the support shown for the sustainability of traditional weaving skills, the project has seen the work of a member of the British Royal Family translated into tapestry. Prince Charles now joins a long list of esteemed artists who have worked with the Studio, including Edward Bawden, Graham Sutherland, Elizabeth Blackadder, Victoria Crowe and Chris Ofili.
With the disappearance of higher education tapestry courses this century, British skills were in danger in 2010 when Dovecot intervened to establish the first tapestry apprenticeship for over 25 years. The HRH tapestry project highlights the necessity to maintain the quality and funding of the Dovecot apprenticeship scheme