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Emma Jo Webster

Emma Jo Webster
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Emma Jo is a professional Tapestry weaver -she was recently shortlisted for the Cordis Prize at Inverleith House in March 2019 - with her tapestry 'Colourshift 1' which is the beginning of a brand new direction in her work. Emma Jo was part of the team of weavers completing 'The Hunt of the Unicorn' at Stirling Castle and is currently weaving part time for The Dovecot in Edinburgh. Recently she was one of the team of weavers who wove 'The Caged Birds Song' which was shown at the National Gallery in London, April - August 2017
Emma Jo's own work is often highly coloured in wool, linen and cotton using techniques similar to the weaving style of the Gobelin Paris. Emma Jo specialises in handwoven portraiture of a domestic size of which she often undertakes private commissions. "I love working with colour - colour doesn't necessarily mean garishly bright - colour can often work well with sludgy colours working with and playing against purer colours creating a jewel like effect which generates an exciting dialogue with the viewer in tapestry."
Scottish Artist, born 1967
Edinburgh College of Art, BA Hons, 1989

Cordis Prize Shortlist 2019
Nancy Graham Memorial Award, Mar 2007
Theo Moorman Bursary, 1998
Highly Commended, OXO Sainsbury Scholarship, 1998

South Ayrshire Council - Loudon Hall, Ayr, Aug - Nov 1999

Studio work:
The Dovecot Studios Feb 2015 - present
West Dean Tapestry Studio @ Stirling Castle, Mystic August 2013 - Dec 2014
West Dean Tapestry Studio @ Stirling Castle, The Hunt Of the Unicorn, Dec 2001 - Sept 2002
West dean Tapestry Studio for the Hubbard, Sainsbury, Tapestry, Feb - Nov 2001

Sky Arts Portrait of the year award 2013 - Autumn 2013
'Shetland' BBC Drama Feb 2013
STV lunchtime news mini documentary 1998
Radio Scotland September 1993

Tapestry - a woven narrative 2011
Fibre Arts Design Book 7, 2004
Legacy in Weaving, May 2001
The Guide, Issue Two, Jan 2000
Fibre Arts Design Book 6, Oct 1999
The Guide, Issue One, Jan 1999
Kitchens, Bedrooms, Bathrooms, Feb 1998
Scotland on Sunday, Jan 1995
Glasgow Herald, Nov 1995
House & Garden, Nov 1992

Lauriston Lectures August 2014
Newton Mearns Ladies Group, Jan 2004
Ayr Embroidery Group, Oct 2000
Dumfries Spinners, Weavers & Dyers, Sept 2000
East Renfrewshire group, Feb 2000
Stirling Embroidery group, Feb 1998
Friends of RSA, Feb 1995
Eastwood Group, Feb 1995

Selected exhibitions
Auld Kirk Museum Dec 12
Emma Jo Webster, Stenton Gallery, Edinburgh, 1999

BTG Golden Fibre Aug 2015 Verdant Works Dundee
FVOS MacRobert Art Gallery June 2015
VAS -T Feb 2015 Edinburgh
Fate, Destiny and self Determination - Montreal Jan - Feb 2015
Fate, Destiny and self determination - Ontario October 2014
British Tapestry group metamorphosis 2014
VAS RSA Annual Exhibition, March 2013
Auld Kirk Museum, Nov Dec 2012
VAS, Glasgow Art Club, August 2012
GSWA Stirling Smith, Aug