Paula Armstrong

Textile Art

Tapestry weaving and constructed textiles. Tapestry woven panels of varying sizes.

My tapestry weaving draws on two main areas of continuing interest:  the detailed structure of plants, especially trees; and the constructed textile techniques of ancient non-European cultures which can be assimilated into tapestry weaving. These latter, incorporated into my weaving provide the background for a strong tactile element to my work.  For me it is the ideal medium for fusing colour, texture and form into a well-crafted art object. Colour is sympathetic to the subject matter rather than a literal representation of it. My weaving is also informed by extensive practice in needlepoint and professional ecclesiastical embroidery.

Exhibitions over last 10 years

  • 2020 Cambridge Open Studios
  • 2019 Triennial exhibition of the Cambridgeshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers; ‘Hanging by a Thread’
  • 2018 Cambridge Open Studios
  • 2010, 2013 and 2016:Triennial exhibitions of the Cambridgeshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers,
  • 2015. Group show Handweavers Studio, London
  • 2015 and 2016 Group shows with BTG London subgroup at Hepsibah Gallery, Hammersmith, London
  • 2014. Association of the Guilds of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers, (WSD) National Exhibition
  • 2011 Saffron Walden Open Studios
  • 2005 – 2013 yearly: Essex Craft Society Annual “Artists in Action” weekend

Current memberships:

British Tapestry Group (BTG)

Cambridgeshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers

Essex Craft Society

Professional articles

Exhibition Review Tapestry Weaver 2015.  Fleece to Fibre: A personal Perspective

The Journal (of WSD) Issue 260.  The Peruvian Textiles Study Group

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