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Emma Weale

Emma Weale
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I am an independent Designer-Maker, working from my lovely studio in Edinburgh for the past 10 years. I love all areas of Design but my real passion lies with Textiles and specifically Tapestry Weaving. Originally from Cheshire, England, I have called Edinburgh home for 20 years.

My work is often centred around a sense of place, a location and the relationship we have with it. This could be a big and bright city full of lights and structures reaching to the sky or a rugged and vast landscape stretching out as far as the eye can see. I make references to maps and photographs, physical snapshots of a place and a time.

I use traditional tapestry techniques to create large handwoven pieces, taking several hundred hours to complete. It’s all about colours, textures and contrasts to create the story or recreate a memory. Inspiration and design development take the form of photography, drawing, painting and paper folding. I particularly enjoy working with a client, translating their ideas and feelings into something tangible.

I also teach courses and run workshops in Design Fundamentals and Tapestry Weaving from my studio in St. Margaret's House on London Road, Edinburgh..
2022 - Hotel, Northern Ireland
CUAN TAPESTRY, 180cm x 80cm

2021 - Private Collector, Scottish Highlands
CARRA TAPESTRY, 120cm x 80cm

2020 - Baillie Gifford Bank, Head Office, Edinburgh
A SENSE OF PLACE, 120cm x 100cm

2010 - Private Collector, Edinburgh
JAPANESE TRIPTYCH, 3 Panels, 50cm x 100cm

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving and Design Fundamentals, Studio 2:47, St Margarets House 2015 - Present

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design 1998 - 1999
Gallery Assistant / Exhibition Co-ordinator Trainee, Exhibitions Department

Edinburgh Printmakers 2000-2002
Gallery Assistant Trainee

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design 1995 - 1998
BDes Constructed Textiles - First Class (Hons)

Alberta College of Art & Design Exchange programme 1996

The F&A Travel Award
Research trip to Hong Kong & Mainland China 1998

Simon Jersey Tapestry Exhibition 1997
Selected and Commendation received

Newcastle Under Lyme College of Art & Design 1994 - 1995
Foundation course - Distinction
Awarded annual prize for Colour

Member of The British Tapestry Group 2010 - present
Newsletter advertising Manager 2010 - 2011
Website Manager - 2011 - 2016

BTG Exhibitions
Woven Threads, Stables Gallery, Twickenham - Juried show 2011
WarpWeftNearFar, Stirling Castle - group show 2011
Jute, Verdant Works Dundee 2015
Cuan Hotel, Strangford N.I.
  • Emma Weale
  • Cuan Hotel, Strangford N.I.
  • Tapestry
Cuan in location
  • Emma Weale
  • Cuan in location
  • Tapestry
Cuan detail
  • Emma Weale
  • Cuan detail
  • Tapestry
Carra, Wester Ross Scotland
  • Emma Weale
  • Carra, Wester Ross Scotland
  • Tapestry
Carra in location
  • Emma Weale
  • Carra in location
  • Tapestry
Carra detail
  • Emma Weale
  • Carra detail
  • Tapestry
Canada Map
  • Emma Weale
  • Canada Map
  • Tapestry
Calton View Edinburgh
  • Emma Weale
  • Calton View Edinburgh
  • Tapestry