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Grayson Perry’s The Walthamstow Tapestry goes on display in London

October 21, 2009

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Detail from The Walthamstow Tapestry by Grayson Perry. Photograph: Linda Nylind

Aside from his way of appearing in public dressed in elaborate couture party frocks, Grayson Perry, who won the 2003 Turner prize, is best known for his beautifully crafted pots decorated with often uncomfortable scenes of modern life.

But now he has turned his hand to textiles, and has produced a vast tapestry decorated with hundreds of brand names – including the Guardian – which goes on display at a London gallery on Friday.

The work, which measures fifteen metres by three metres, was inspired by Perry’s enthusiasm for the elaborate imagery of early 20th-century Sumatran batik fabrics.

The Walthamstow Tapestry, as he has named it, can be read from left to right. It starts with a graphically bloody scene of childbirth and then continues with depictions of the seven ages of man, through childhood, adulthood and eventually to death.

But the devil is in the detail. Around these large human figures teem hundreds of smaller images and words. The words are brand names, detached from their products but leaving behind them, Perry says, the aroma of the particular values they convey.

Read more at The Guardian:

Art and design



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