Vive la Tapisserie! 3 at The French Institute

Exhibition of miniature tapestries from Edinburgh's STAR* collective

Vive la Tapisserie!3 at The French Institute

Miniature tapestries by STAR* & Friends Exhibition - From 4 May to 2 June 2012

For the third year running, STAR* returns to the French Institute with an exhibition of miniature tapestries at Vive la Tapisserie!3, which follows on from their successful retrospective That was Then: This is Now at the City Art Centre, Edinburgh, earlier in 2012.

STAR* began three years ago with the aim of raising the profile of Scottish tapestry, and held the inaugural exhibition, Vive la Tapisserie at the French Institute. All the members of STAR* graduated from the Tapestry Department at Edinburgh College of Art and many have also been connected with the Edinburgh Tapestry Company (Dovecot Studios). The Tapestry Department was always characterised by a freedom of expression and a broad view about the possibilities of the medium which allowed students to develop their own concerns and interests, and the freshness of this approach was reinforced by an openness to what tapestry could be, rather than teaching how it was and ought to be.

Three generations of tapestry weavers are included in this show, some of whom were involved in the beginnings of the Department, while others were among the last graduates. This membership core will be joined once again by invited exhibitors who are also all graduates of the Tapestry Dept. STAR* members exhibit regularly all over the world and their work is to be found in public buildings and collections both in the UK and abroad.

A series of free tapestry workshops will be run concurrently with the exhibition, and a large Gobelin loom will be in situ to enable a communal tapestry to be made over the period.

Workshops are run individually and participants can choose the best date for them to attend. Tickets are £5 (£3) and booking is strongly recommended (0131 225 5366).

STAR*: Vive La Tapisserie 3

Exhibition of miniature tapestries, featuring work by Sara Brenna, Amanda Gizzi, Linda Green, Alice Hannigan, Maureen Hodge, Stephen Hunter, Fiona R Hutchison, William Jefferies, Ellen Lenvik, Birgitta MacDonald, Jo McDonald, Susan Mowatt, Paul Penrice, Anna Ray and Joanne Soroka.

Weave a Portrait

Three of the artists from STAR* collective (behind the current Vive la Tapisserie exhibition at the Institute) offer a series of two-hour public workshops exploring the basics of tapestry by weaving a self-portrait or a portrait of a friend to contribute to a mass communal work. Booking recommended.

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