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Chains

Tapestry
1974-1975 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Additional TitleTapestries for the Nation (named collection)
Materials and Techniques
Hand tapestry woven in wool and cotton
Brief Description
Tapestry 'Chains', designed by Archie Brennan at the Dovecot Studios for the Edinburgh Tapestry Company Ltd., Edinburgh, 1974-1975.
Physical Description
Tapestry of woven wool and cotton depicting large chain links.
Dimensions
  • Height: 153cm
  • Width: 109cm (Note: Velcro measured on 10/01/2019 108.5 cm wide and 5 cm deep.)
  • Weight: 3.0kg (weight of tapestry on roller)
  • Weight: 14.5kg (Note: Weight of object on storage roller with object Circ.400-1962.)
Production typeUnique
Historical context
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.
Production
Reason For Production: Retail
Subject depicted
Association
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
T.187-1979

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record createdSeptember 17, 2001
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