Dovecot Studios will re-open on 26 April! Read more

  • Bird and Butterfly, 2019

Bird and Butterfly, 2019 is part of Dovecot Patterns, a selection of tapestries created by Dovecot weavers which evokes a cultural conversation through pattern that reaches back thousands of years. Weaver Rudi Richardson took inspiration for this work from an illustration by ornithologist and artist John James Audubon in his ground-breaking study Birds of America printed in the 19th century.

Audubon’s illustration was translated into a repeating pattern on printed cotton as a furnishing fabric around 1831. The fabric was produced in different colourways, one of which is similar to this tapestry rendering. The journey of this image from illustration, to furnishing fabric, to tapestry is an example of the evolution of patterns and changing interpretations.

This tapestry has been sold.

To enquire about other works available for purchase please email or call 0131 550 3660.

Dovecot Patterns

Dovecot Patterns

7 February 2019 to 29 June 2019

Please complete the following enquiry form and we'll get in touch to discuss your requirements. (* indicates required)


Subscribe to our mailing list to keep up to date with Dovecot news and events.


Gallery & Shop

Dovecot Studios is currently closed to the public in line with Government guidance. Please follow our website and social media for reopening information.

Usual Opening times:
Gallery & Shop
Mon-Sat: 10am-5pm

Tapestry Studio Viewing Balcony
Mon-Fri: 12-3pm
Sat: 10am-5pm


Pinks at Dovecot

From 7 January 2021
Fri-Sat: 10am-4pm

Offering takeaway options only