Jilly Edwards is one of our leading tapestry artists (and also a SIT patron) and last week I was lucky enough to spend a morning with her in her Exeter studio. The day was dank but inside the studio with its pretty sedum roof, Jilly was working on a piece that filled the space with sunshine.
This half-finished, vibrant yellow tapestry is part of a new body of work which she’s making for a solo exhibition entitled ‘Wanderlust’ which opens at the Harley Gallery in Welbeck on 22nd January. www.harleygallery.co.uk
Journeying and the responses it evokes has always been Jilly’s starting point and this series was inspired by two spring time train trips she made up through the British countryside. The fields the train passed through were full of oil seed rape so by the time she got home again, her sketch book was filled with yellow paintings. The tapestries she has made based on this yellow sketch book are joyous, beautiful things. The images below are a taster but make a diary date for a trip to Nottinghamshire now.
The Harley Gallery, Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire S80 3LW. Tel: 01909 501700