Katie Russell Tapestry Weaver

Me

I have always been inspired by the tactile aspect of tapestry weaving. My hands are constantly touching the yarn and this both guides and inspires when I work. I use a lot of natural fibres in my work, such as wool, cotton, jute, linen and silk. My weavings are nearly always inspired by historical themes. I love research into aspects of war, architecture, maritime history and the natural world. Mixing contemporary images with traditional and historical craft techniques is something that I am very passionate about. I love blending colours of yarns to achieve a range of visual elements. I am passionate about keeping this traditional craft alive. For me tapestry weaving is a journey, or even a voyage. You don't always know where it is going to take you.......

Training

  • HND Museum Exhibition Design - Dundee College
  • BDes(Hons) Jewellery & Metalwork - Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee
  • PGCE Secondary Art & Design - Moray House Institue of Education, Edinburgh

Awards

  • 2017 - Weavers Bazaar Sponsorship
  • 2015 - SW Scotland Visual Artist & Craft Makers Award
  • 2014 - Weavers Bazaar Sponsorship
  • 2012 - Theo Moorman Trust for Weavers
  • 2012 -  SW Scotland Visual Artist & Craft Makers Award
  • 2012 - Arts Trust Award

Group Exhibitions

  • 2016 - Interconnections, woven tapestries from Scotland and Ireland - Roscommon, Ireland
  • 2016 - Willow & Wool, Collaborative exhibition with Geoff Forrest - The Nail Factory, Dalbeattie, D&G
  • 2015 - Intertwine Textile Group, exhibition at the Mill on the Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet, D&G
  • 2015 - Golden Fibre, British Tapestry Group exhibition - Verdant Works Jute Museum, Dundee
  • 2013 - A Sensitive Art, British Tapestry Group exhibition - Quilt Museum and Gallery, York
  • 2012 - Woven Delights, British Tapestry Group exhibition - Stirling Castle  

Solo Exhibitions  

  • 2017 - Arctic Convoy tapestry weavings - Russian Arctic Convoy Museum, Wester Ross
  • 2017 - Still on Patrol, Dundee submarines from WWII - HM Frigate Unicorn, Dundee
  • 2016 - Maritime Dundee - Verdant Works Jute Museum, Dundee
  • 2015 - Sand, Moss, Water - tapestry weavings at The Nail Factory, Dalbeattie, D&G
  • 2015 - Maritime Tapestry Weavings - All Hallows' by the Tower, London
  • 2015 - Russian Arctic Convoys, Men & Ice - St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh
  • 2015 - Arctic Convoys - Russia Day Reception for the Russian Consulate, Edinburgh
  • 2014 - Russian Arctic Convoys - Castle Douglas Art Gallery, Castle Douglas, D&G
  • 2014 - Arctic Convoys - Russia Day Reception for the Russian Consulate, Edinburgh
  • 2013 - Spring Fling Open Studios, Castle Douglas, D&G

International Travelling Exhibition - Fate, Destiny & Self Determination.

Since 2014 this amazing exhibition has been gathering work from weavers all round the world and I have contributed some pieces of work for this. The project was initiated by Line Dufour and more information can be read at this link fatedestinyselfdetermination.blogspot.co.uk Below are a list of venues to where it has travelled to and will be travelling to - 

  • 2014 - Craft Ontario, Toronto
  • 2014 - Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles, Montreal
  • 2015 - Regis University, Denver, Colarado
  • 2016 - Craft Council of British Columbia
  • 2016 - From Lausanne to Beijing, China
  • 2016 - World of Threads, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
  • 2017 - San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
  • 2017 - Fudacion Pablo Achtugarry, Punta del Este, Uraguay
  • 2018 - King House, Boyle County, Roscommon, Ireland
  • Oct 2018 - Feb 2019 - Tech + Technik Textilmuseum, Neumunster, Germany

Commissions

I  have produced a tapestry weaving for the Verdant Works Jute Museum in Dundee about the various aspects of the jute industry in Dundee. A tapestry weaving on the Arctic was presented to the St Petersburg Polar Club Veterans in 2014. I have work in private collections in Germany, Russia, America and Canada. I have been commissioned to produce a tapestry weaving for a hotel in Dundee opening in 2018. 

Future Exhibitions

In 2018 I will be displaying a 3D tapestry weaving inspired by epilepsy for the British Tapestry Group exhibition - Sound and Weave.  In 2019 I will be having a solo exhibition on the Battle of Jutland.

Memberships

  • British Tapestry Group
  • American Tapestry Alliance
  • Weavers, Spinners & Dyers
  • Craft Scotland
  • Solway Weavers
  • Heritage Crafts Association