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hanging - Shadow Pleats

Shadow Pleats

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    2007 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Giles, Helen (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    copper electro-formed jacquard woven double cloth, polyester warp, copper and polyester weft

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Worshipful Company of Weavers

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

rectangular cantilevered metallic hanging, copper-coloured with black diamond-shaped net adornments

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)


2007 (made)


Giles, Helen (maker)

Materials and Techniques

copper electro-formed jacquard woven double cloth, polyester warp, copper and polyester weft


Height: 56 cm, Width: 65 cm, Depth: 7 cm

Object history note

The Worshipful Company of Weavers commisions a modern wall hanging/piece of textile art for its offices in the City of London bi-annually and invites current and recent students of the School of Textiles at the Royal College of Art to submit their ideas and portfolios with a view to one of them being selected to undertake the submission. The designs are considered by representatives of the Company, the RCA and the V&A. Although initially the commissioned piece hangs in the Company's offices, or is lent on exhibition, it is then given on long-term loan to the V&A, eventually to form a collection with other previous and subsequent commissions to build a representative collection of the work of newly graduated students.

On long term loan to the V&A 2008 - 2015 [2001/256]; given to the Museum in 2015 [2015/416].

Historical significance: The charter for the Worshipful Company of Weavers was granted by Henry II in 1155 making it the earliest Livery Company in the City of London. It was the first textile guild. Since then the Mercers, Drapers, Merchant Taylors, Haberdashers and Clothworkers have been set up.

Descriptive line

Shadow Pleats' by Helen Giles. Copper electro-formed, Jacquard woven double cloth, polyester warp, copper and polyester weft, United Kingdom, 2007


Copper; Polyester




Textiles; Wall coverings

Production Type



Textiles and Fashion Collection

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