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Chrissie Freeth

Tapestry weaver

Saltaire, West Yorkshire


tapestry, large scale, wall hanging


My work is usually large scale and take months to weave. I use hand-dyed wool and a palette heavily influenced by the muted colours of the Yorkshire landscape. Technically my inspirations are rooted in pre-Renaissance mural tapestries which I have studied across Europe. My recent work is contemporary, bold and unfussy, full of contrast, strength and restraint.  I have found an unexpected freedom in giving in to the formality and limitations of the medium instead of fighting against it.


Ripon Cathedral Exhibition

18 Feb 2019
I'm having a solo exhibition of tapestries at Ripon Cathedral in May 2020. It will showcase work completed since my WCMT Fellowship into medieval tapestry & will be a great opportunity to show contemporary tapestries in such an ancient building.

Visiting traditional crafts in the Balkans

14 Sep 2017
As part of an EU project I’ve been to Bulgaria to see traditional crafts in action. As well as visiting festivals, museums, galleries and workshops, I also got to see plenty of Byzantine murals , a perfect compliment to my WCMT Fellowship.

Awarded Churchill Fellowship

19 Feb 2016
Thrilled to have been awarded a prestigious travelling Fellowship by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. I'll be going to the US, France, Belgium and Switzerland to study medieval tapestries and their relevance to contemporary practice.

Available for commissions



The Nook

Disciplines Textiles, Traditional, Design
Materials Textiles

Saint Catherine

Disciplines Textiles, Traditional
Materials Textiles

A Brexit Tapestry

Disciplines Textiles
Materials Textiles