The Weston Tapestry for GOSH

Weston House sited next door to Great Ormond Street Hospital is a temporary home for parents of long- stay children in the hospital.  The Hostel’s recent refurbishment has been made possible through the generosity of the Garfield Weston Foundation and a specially commissioned tapestry is being woven at West Dean College to celebrate the life of Garry Weston (1928–2002).

The Weston Tapestry is a truly collaborative work by artists from the Slade School of Fine Art and West Dean College.  The starting point was a piece of text based on observations of life around the Hospital collected by Taiseer Shelhi in nearby Queen Square and gardens.
 Pat Taylor, John Aiken,Taiseer Shelhi and Vivien Allen worked together on the project arranging the hand written text in the form of a flat spiral, an optimistic and inclusive motif that best reflects Garry Weston’s qualities of generosity and modesty.  A quiet palette of smoky greys and cream was selected to offset the dynamic qualities of the spiral while the weave setting acknowledges the qualities of the medium. The tapestry was woven at West Dean and was completed and installed in Weston House in April  2005. 

Size:1.50 x 1.50m 

MaterialsCotton warp/ Worsted weft


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