Today we visited Edinburgh’s Dovecot studios housed in the beautifully renovated Victorian baths, Edinburgh.
Stairwell, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh
Most recent unveiling was, ‘Butterfly’, by Alison Watt for the new foyers of the Theatre Royal in Glasgow, which was completed at Dovecot on Monday 19 May 2014.
Butterfly, Alison Watts, Unveiling Ceremony, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh
Butterfly derives from the tragic story of Cio-Cio San, the central character to Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly. Taking inspiration from an obi, the sash worn as part of a Japanese kimono, the design of the tapestry references Oriental art and is feminine and sumptuous whilst conveying the drama of Cio-Cio San’s fate.
Dovecot Studios working on a commission by the Clothworkers Company
The studios are currently weaving a Chris Ofili piece, commissioned by The Clothworkers Company, to be hung in the Livery Hall. It is expected to be ready 2016. The Company has accumulated some wonderful treasures over the centuries and continues to do so selectively, seeking to support endangered crafts through commissioning objects. Three splendid 18th century Brussels tapestries which are hung on the main staircase.
Founded in 1912 by the Marquess of Bute, the studio evolved from the renowned William Morris Craft Studio at Merton Abbey in Wimbledon. Dovecot’s first commission was for a series of monumental tapestries at Mount Stuart, home of the Marquess, on the Island of Bute.
Bobbins, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh
Dovecot is unique for its highly creative collaboration between artist, weaver and commissioner. Each tapestry combines the creative ideals of all three creative minds and weaver will interpret, rather than simply translate, a design into textile.
Butterfly, Alison Watts, Dovecot Studio, Edinburgh
In 1946, the studio established a reputation as a leading contemporary fine art tapestry studio, producing tapestry and rugs for private and public collectors. Renowned 20th century artists such as Dame Elizabeth Blackadder, Graham Sutherland, John Piper, Tom Phillips, Patrick Caulfield, David Hockney and many more have worked with the weavers to produce significant works.
Beautifully renovated Victorian baths, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh
Yarn, Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh
For further information or to arrange a visit: http://dovecotstudios.com
The Clothworkers Company: http://www.clothworkers.co.uk