Ateliers Weftfaced at the Royal Society of Sculptors: Weaving the Martin Creed Commission
The weavers Katharine Swailes and Caron Penney of Ateliers Weftfaced discuss the process of creating handwoven tapestries for the artist and musician Martin Creed. The audience are invited to ask questions and discuss the process of commissioning a tapestry.
Weftfaced Atelier was opened in 2013 by Caron Penney with artist-weaver Katharine Swailes. Here they create bespoke handwoven tapestries, exploring the traditional studio techniques they have worked with for over 20 years for artists and commissioners. They also reinterpret these same techniques to create their own minimal and conceptual works.
Weftfaced has made tapestries with Martin Creed and Gillian Ayres, and the resulting artworks have been seen in New York, Zurich, Oslo & London.
Katharine was awarded the biannual Theo Moorman Trust for Weavers Award in 2016 and also shortlisted for the Cordis Prize. She exhibits her work across the UK, most recently at Flow Gallery, Contemporary Applied Arts and the The Royal Scottish Academy Building, Edinburgh.
Caron exhibits throughout the UK, including the Royal Academy of Arts and the Holburne Museum in Bath. She became a selected member of the 62 Group for Textile Artists and the Contemporary Applied Arts in 2016. The Atelier works to commission and has works for sale.