jane kidd

public commissions


Tapestry as Public Art

Tapestry is a weft-faced hand woven textile process that can be used to produce images that are integral to the fabric structure. The pictorial and narrative potential and the sensual appeal of the physical presence of tapestry in conjunction with the durable structure of the tapestry weave have combined to make Tapestry a desirable public art form from the 14th Century to the present day.  Woven tapestry can be a practical as well as a visual asset in a public space.  The sound absorbing qualities of the densely woven surface can provide effective control of sound resonance.  The woolen yarns used in the weaving process have a low flammability, are durable and easy to clean.

The soft pliable textile surface provides visual warmth. The richness of colour, texture and visual detail inherent in the material presence of a tapestry can delight and engage viewers over a long period of time.