Louise Martin

TAPESTRY ARTIST
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NEWS

Dec 2016

The Cordis Prize for Tapestry

Royal Scottish Academy Upper Galleries, Edinburgh
3-27th December 2016
Ploughed has been shortlisted for the Cordis Prize for Tapestry.
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Nov 2016

North light Gallery, Stromness, Orkney

19th November - 1st December 2016

Self portrait showing now in 'What are we like' .
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Nov 2016

Dunblane, Scotland

November 2016
A quiet moment is one of six pieces showing at Veronica Jane Lynch,
Gallery of Fine & Applied Arts Autumn Show
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Sept 2016

South Hamar Waiting

3rd - 11th September 2016
Whispered Words at South Hamar
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Aug 2016

Dunblane Museum, Dunblane

1 - 31st August 2016
Winter Solstice now showing at  Each Day has a Colour
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July 2016

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

July 26th - August 11th, 2016
Ascending Snow Mountain is in the exhibition Tapestry Unlimited
24 x 17.5 cm
Cotton, linen, rayon, wool, stainless steel and silk weft
Cotton warp
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May 2016
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Whispered words

I am delighted to hear Whispered Words won the public vote, 3D category and overall winners prize at the air exhibition, Hodgson Loom Gallery, IOM
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Nov 2015

Tapestry Weaving Kit

The tapestry weaving starter kit will be for sale on the British Tapestry Group Stand at Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show (26-29th November 2015), at a special offer of £38.
Feb 2016
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Tapestry - North of Nowhere, South of Somewhere
Currently showing at VAS:T 2015. Royal Scottish Academy (Upper Galleries), The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL. 7th – 28th February
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Apr 2014
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Currently showing at Farfield Mill, Sedburgh, Cumbria until the 29th April with The Scottish Regional Members of the British Tapestry Group. This exhibition will move to Hawick between the 5th October -  14th December 2014. 65 tapestries are exhibited woven by 27 members.
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Nov 2014

Solo show: To An Islander

Woven tapestries, paintings and embroideries inspired by my travels.
1st - 22nd November 2014
Hodgson Loom Gallery, Laxey Woollen Mills, Laxey, Isle of Man IM7 7AR
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Jul 2013

Capturing Moments

Painting and Textiles Exhibition
20th - 28th July 2013
Seten, Cappadocia Cultural Centre, Goreme, Turkey
By Myself But Not Alone-Louise Martin 2013
Drawn to the Land–Louise Martin 2013
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May 2013
Louise Martin–Jane Brunning

Travels in Mongolia

Louise Martin and Jane Brunning
13th April - 26th May 2013
 
In September 2010 we returned from an independent study trip to Mongolia, travelling through the Gobi Desert, visiting and living like nomads. Sketchbooks, felt rugs, Kadzh embroideries, Buddhist trinkets, camel wool, stones, china, bones and the prevailing smell of yak dung journeyed homeward. Our woven Mongolian stories are inspired by these documented memories, found objects and antique artefacts.
 
Having experienced the same  journey we worked independently, challenging and developing our individual working styles. Our final body of work is united by our Mongolian journey and celebrates the diversity of our individual creativity. The exhibition includes contemporary woven tapestries, embroideries, drawings, felt and stitch. 

Scott Gallery, Hawick Museum, Wilton Lodge Park, Hawick, TD9 7JI
Mon-Fri 10am - 12pm & 1-5pm
Sat, Sun 2-5pm

Visit Hawick Museum

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Jul 2011

The Cutting-Off Ceremony of 'The Unicorn at Bay', at Stirling Castle


On the 7th July 2011 we had a memorable cutting-off ceremony for our third tapestry woven at Stirling Castle. For the last nine and a half years, I have been weaving on ‘The Hunt of the Unicorn’ series and this one, ‘The Unicorn at Bay’ commenced four years ago. My colleagues and I began the preparatory work by drawing the cartoon, then sampling, warping up and weaving the 3.30m x 3.60m tapestry. The last thing we wove were our initials in the selvedge, along with the date of completion plus the West Dean’s Tapestry Studio’s logo, to whom we are employed.
 
We work in front of the public, allowing visitors to admire the skill and time involved in making such a piece, and some of our regulars, who have supported us throughout the project, were invited along to the ceremony as well as British Tapestry Group friends and family.
 
The evening began with speeches before we began the lengthy process of cutting over a thousand cotton warps. Once cut, the handles controlling the bottom roller of our high warp loom were turned anti clockwise. Glimpses of the front of the tapestry could be seen on the beam as the acid free tissue paper was expertly removed between each rotation. Once it had been gently folded on a sheet in front of the loom we took it in turns to cut the warps at what was the beginning of the tapestry before moving it on to a large table.
 
This is the moment when the image will be seen for the first time, and I find I have a mixture of apprehension and an element of sadness, as we are moving to the end of working so closely with it.
The cutting-off ceremony of The Unicorn at Bay at Stirling Castle-Photo by John Martin

The cutting-off ceremony of The Unicorn at Bay at Stirling Castle-Photo by John Martin

The cutting-off ceremony of The Unicorn at Bay-at Stirling Castle-Photo by John Martin
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Jul 2011

Her Majesty the Queen officially opens the Royal Apartments at Stirling Castle 6th July 2011


I was introduced to the Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in the Queens Inner Chamber where tapestries adorn the walls.
Photo by kind permission of Historic Scotland
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June 2011

The Balvenie Master of Crafts Award Ceremony: Textile Finalist


 On the evening of the 1st June 2011 I attended the inaugural awards ceremony for The Balvenie Masters of Craft, in London. It was a wonderfully lavish affair to celebrate and shine the light on craftsmanship within the categories of glass and ceramics, wood, metal, stone, leather and textiles. I was there as a textiles finalist, having been  nominated by Historic Scotland. I weave my own tapestries, teach and give talks, however, this award came about primarily because of my position as Senior Weaver at Stirling Castle

One of the judges, television's Kevin McCloud, spoke about his “belief that a beautifully crafted object - whatever it may be - has a soul.”
He went on to say, “In my experience, a great craftsperson has a healthy mix of eagerness to learn, a sense of humour, passion, pride, dedication, precision, patience and a willingness to succeed. They also tend to have an infuriating perfectionist streak in them!’
Photograph by kind permission -  Balvenie Masters of Craft

Photograph by kind permission -  Balvenie Masters of Craft
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