Edinburgh Festival of Art 2013 exhibition Follow the Thread celebreates weaving and wool

This article is from 2013

Follow the Thread

Victoria Crowe, John Byrne and Alasdair Gray among the artists whose works have a woven edge

Dovecot Studios presents some exceptional talent this summer in Follow the Thread: a collaborative triptych of fine art exhibitions celebrating weaving and wool. The collections showcase the versatile nature of yarn and textiles, and the skilful diversity of the exhibition’s contributing artists, weavers and commissioners.

At the heart of the exhibition, Fleece to Fibre explores Dovecot’s meticulous, time-consuming commission of transforming Victoria Crowe’s acclaimed oil painting Large Tree Group (1975) into an impressive large-scale tapestry, produced solely from undyed wool sourced from 70 producers throughout the UK. The tapestry is accompanied by a series of photographs portraying the many individuals who contributed to this vast undertaking. Artist Rugs presents a selection of vibrant, illustrative rugs produced by the mastery of Dovecot’s weavers, as well as renowned contemporary artists, including John Byrne and Alasdair Gray. Dazzle returns for a second year featuring an exclusive and innovative range of jewellery using textiles, yarns and fabric, and work by Japanese printmaker Emiko Aida.

Dovecot Studios, 550 3660, 2 Aug–14 Sep, free.

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

Exhibition tracing the transposition of Victoria Crowe's 1975 painting Large Tree Group into a major new tapestry.

Follow the Thread – Dazzle@Dovecot

Work by jewellery designers who incorporate textiles, yarns and fabrics into their work.