Last weekend I just made it to A-M Gallery in Newtown to see Charlotte Haywood's exhibition Under My Skin. I was really excited to see contemporary tapestry. Haywood's portrait like works were bright and colourful. They reminded me somewhat of religious ornamental and iconographic images. I was a little sad that they were framed with glass. I know this makes the work more sellable but personally I don't like glass to separate me from the threads.
Haywood also had some larger pieces which pushed tapestry towards a make-do aesthetic with strips of cloth used as yarn. I also really enjoyed the use of the ends of the threads as part of the work itself.
There were also crocheted bust like figures situated on a glowing circular plinth which gave a red glow to the base of the white yarn. Alongside these sat two electric saws whose functionality had been transformed with the addition of feathers and crochet.
Watch this is a artist talk by Charlotte Haywood.