Tapestries by Jilly EdwardsMain Auditorium & Gallery 1
22 January – 23 March 2014
Jilly Edwards is one of the UK’s leading tapestry weavers. Over the course of her 40 year career, she has exhibited internationally and has tapestries in collections in the UK, USA and Japan.
These tapestries tell stories about Jilly’s journeys through different landscapes. This exhibition will include new works which, unusually for Jilly’s work, feature a vivid yellow colour palette.
‘I may produce 50 sketches/drawings but only produce a few woven tapestries. Always the work has an element of the landscape, whether I am walking to the corner shop, or at the beach or on the train travelling through unfamiliar countryside, but it’s not about the landscape, it’s about my feelings, thoughts, memories that the sights, words and sounds evoke in me.’ related events
The abstract compositions of these tapestries seem spontaneous, often like broad washes of watercolour, yet they represent a considered, lengthy making process. Jilly distils the designs for her tapestries from these vast quantities of notes and sketches, before weaving the finished work. Tapestry weaving is a time consuming and laborious process of weaving – a tapestry 10 by 12 feet in size can take over a year to complete.
Ma. 2002. 90 x 230cm - on plinth in front of Ma, A walk from Porthmeor to Zennor. Date 2009. Size: 20 x 300cm. Photographer: Robert Edwards.