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Tapestry - Chains

Chains

  • Object:

    Tapestry

  • Place of origin:

    Edinburgh (made)

  • Date:

    1974-1975 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brennan, Archie (designer)
    Dovecot Studios (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand tapestry woven in wool and cotton

  • Museum number:

    T.187-1979

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Archie Brennan is credited with bringing about a renaissance in tapestry weaving and design in Britain. He trained as an apprentice tapestry weaver at the Edinburgh Tapestry Company, subsequently known as the Dovecot Studios. In 1958 he left to study at Edinburgh College of Art, returning to the Dovecot where he became head weaver and resident designer and artistic director from 1962-1978. In 1962 Brennan also established and developed the tapestry department in Edinburgh College of Art. Brennan's work is renowned for its humorous and decorative qualities, and often focuses on a single simple form, which he refines and develops through the act of repetition. The theme of Chains was used in a series of works by Brennan. His inspiration came from a photograph of Isambard Kingdom Brunel standing before the launching chains of the 'Great Eastern' taken by Robert Howlett in 1857.

Physical description

Tapestry of woven wool and cotton depicting large chain links.

Place of Origin

Edinburgh (made)

Date

1974-1975 (made)

Artist/maker

Brennan, Archie (designer)
Dovecot Studios (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Hand tapestry woven in wool and cotton

Dimensions

Height: 153 cm, Width: 109 cm, Weight: 3.0 kg weight of tapestry on roller, Weight: 14.5 kg

Historical context note

The theme of chains was used in a series of works by Brennan. His inspiration came from a photograph of Isambard Kingdom Brunel standing before the launching chains of the 'Great Eastern' taken by Robert Howlett in 1857.

Descriptive line

Tapestry 'Chains', designed by Archie Brennan at the Dovecot Studios for the Edinburgh Tapestry Company Ltd., Edinburgh, 1974-1975.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail

Materials

Wool; Cotton

Techniques

Woven; Technique

Subjects depicted

Chains

Categories

Textiles; Tapestry; Scotland

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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