Margaret Jones MSDC
Born in 1960, Margaret came to Tapestry Weaving late in her career when, in 2012 she started three years full time study to hone her Fine Art, creative and Craft skills, finishing with an MFA in Tapestry Weaving in 2015.
Margaret does not regret leaving it so late in her life to pursue this obsessive craft as this brings to her work a maturity and perspective and would not have been present when younger.
A highly motivated artist and curator Margaret has continued to exhibit internationally and curate in the UK. Since 2015 she has organised and curated 'Heallreaf' an international biennial exhibition of hand woven tapestry. These exhibitions are an attempt to expand the field of tapestry weaving beyond the view of 'woolly painting' returning it to the area of Fine Art whilst retaining the requirement for a high level of craft skill.
Underpinning Margaret's work is the traditional technique of hand woven tapestry, unchanged in centuries.
2014/15 – West Dean College.
MFA Final Year – Tapestry and Textile Art.
2013/14 – West Dean College.
Postgraduate Diploma in Tapestry and Textile Art. (MFA Year One).
2012/13 – West Dean College.
Graduate Diploma in Visual Arts (Tapestry and Textile Art).
2010/12 – West Dean College.
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Part time course.
Recent Group Exhibitions:
'Artapestry5', 2 year touring show around Europe - Denmark/Sweden,Latvia and Romania
'World Tapestry Now' American Tapestry Alliance biennial exhibition.
September 'Collective' at Haslemere Museum
April/June 'Heallreaf 2' at West Dean College and Brick Lane Gallery
April/June Heallreaf 2 at West Dean and Brick Lane Gallery
1st – 8th August ‘Heallreaf’ at West Dean, West Sussex
September ‘Collective’ at The Jerwood Gridshell, West Sussex
2014 – Valerie Power Award
2015 – Qest Scholarship
2016 – Cordis Showcase Prize