Katie Russell Tapestry Weaver

About 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 historicalcraft is something that is very special. I love blending different 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.


                                                                                                                                                                                          BA(Hons) Jewellery & Metalwork - Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee                                                                                        PGCE Secondary Art & Design - Moray House Insitute of Education, Edinburgh


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


Group Exhibitions


- Willow & Wool - Collaborative exhibition with Geoff Forrest, Nail Factory, Dalbeattie
- Interconnections - Woven tapestries from Scotland and Ireland, Roscommon, Ireland


- Intertwine Group exhibition - The Mill on the Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet, D&G
- Golden Fibre- British Tapestry Group exhibition, Verdant Works Jute Museum, Dundee
- Intertwine Group exhibition - Nail Factory, Dalbeattie


- Fate, Destiny & Determination - international travelling exhibition - Canada, China
- Intertwine group exhibition - Nail Factory, Dalbeattie


- A Sensitive Art - British Tapestry Group exhibition - Quilt Museum & Gallery, York
- Tapestry Weavings inspired by Robert Burns - The Old School House, Dumfries  


Solo Exhibitions


- Maritime Dundee - Verdant Works Jute Museum, Dundee


- Sand, Moss, Water - Nail Factory, Dalbeattie
- Maritime Tapestries - All Hallows' by the Tower of London
- Arctic Convoys - Men & Ice, St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh
- Arctic Convoy tapestries - Russia Day Reception hosted by Russian Consulate, Edinburgh


- Russian Arctic Convoys - Castle Douglas Art Gallery, Castle Douglas, D&G
- Woven Tapestry samplers - Catstrand, New Galloway, D&G
- Arctic Convoy tapestries - Russia Day Reception hosted by Russian Consulat, Edinburgh


- Landscape Weavings - Catstrand, New Galloway, D&G
- Spring Fling Open Studios, Castle Douglas, D&G
- Tapestry Collection - Threave Garden Visitor Centre, Threave, D&G

For 2017

I am working on tapestry weavings about the Russian Arctic Convoys and also the Battle of Jutland. During 2017 I will be having a solo exhibition on board HM Unicorn about the submarines that were based at HMS Ambrose during WWII. The exhibition will be a tribute to the submariners from different nationalities who left Dundee and never returned. These submarines are 'Still on Patrol'.        


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