July Fields Centenary Tapestry 2021 | Joan Eardley Tapestry by Dovecot Studios

11 Aug 2021

Joan Eardley Centenary includes the unveiling of a new tapestry, July Fields Centenary Tapestry 2021, created by Dovecot Studios in honour of this centenary year. Read on below to hear from Master Weaver Naomi Robertson and catch a glimpse of the weaving process. You can view the entire exhibition here which continues at The Scottish Gallery until the 28th August 2021.

With special thanks to:
Naomi Robertson, Master Weaver Dovecot Studios
Anne Morrison-Hudson
The City Art Centre, Edinburgh

July Fields Centenary Tapestry 2021 | Joan Eardley Tapestry by Dovecot Studios
July Fields Centenary Tapestry 2021 | Joan Eardley Tapestry by Dovecot Studios

The tapestry has taken seven months to weave. I began by weaving a colour strip to gauge the colours and tones. With a painting as detailed as this one it is impossible to pick every colour at the start, instead I chose a few to set the foundations for the palette.

Naomi Robertson, Master Weaver & Tapestry Studio Manager Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh
July Fields Centenary Tapestry 2021 | Joan Eardley Tapestry by Dovecot Studios
July Fields Centenary Tapestry 2021 | Joan Eardley Tapestry by Dovecot Studios

I have found this tapestry very intense because of the level of detail, but have loved every minute. There are always milestones to work towards and I get carried along, eager to get on to the next bit, to weave the daisies, the strong bold paint marks, the fence posts, then the rich yellow fields. I have always loved and admired Eardley’s work but weaving one of her paintings has given me a new insight into the complexity and magic of her painting.

Naomi Robertson, Master Weaver & Tapestry Studio Manager Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh
July Fields Centenary Tapestry 2021 | Joan Eardley Tapestry by Dovecot Studios
July Fields Centenary Tapestry 2021 | Joan Eardley Tapestry by Dovecot Studios
July Fields Centenary Tapestry 2021 | Joan Eardley Tapestry by Dovecot Studios
July Fields Centenary Tapestry 2021, wool and cotton, 129 x 150 cm

Enjoy our short film below as Master Weaver Naomi Robertson puts the finishing touches to the tapestry once it is hanging within the exhibition Joan Eardley Centenary. You can view the entire exhibition here which continues at The Scottish Gallery until the 28th August 2021.

If you are unable to visit The Gallery then you can explore our Virtual Viewing Rooms below.

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