Grayson Perry (English, b. 1960)
Walthamstow Tapestry, 2009
Wool and cotton tapestry
118 x 590 ½ in. (300 x 1500 cm)
© Grayson Perry Collection of the Artist. Courtesy of the Artist and Victoria Miro, London

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The Walthamstow Tapestry, made in 2009, was Perry’s first-large scale work. As with pottery and etching, he is interested in tapestry’s associations. Tapestries were originally used by nobility and the church to tell biblical stories and Greek myths. Perry’s tapestries tell equally epic stories of contemporary Britain, our lifestyles, tastes and belief systems–from religion to consumerism. Unlike traditionally, laboriously handcrafted tapestries, Perry’s are hand-drawn on Photoshop and then woven on a computer-controlled loom in Flanders.

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