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Katharine Swailes

Artist tapestry weaver

Arundel, West Sussex


handwoven tapestry, textiles, abstract


£500 — £20000


Construction and materials are central to my practice I create handwoven tapestries, abstract, wall based and sculptural. The materials chosen inform the shape of the piece. A mix of of traditional and newly created techniques are used. I work with a minimal palette of materials and techniques to create the works. In 2016 Swailes was awarded a Theo Moorman Award for Weaving to support the making of the multiple series Glyphs and Loops. Swailes is a selected member of Contemporary Applied Arts.


The Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries

19 Jun 2019
I am delighted to be shortlisted with my work Red Glyph 17cm x 17cm 2019. A non-acquisitive award for established artists.

Cordis Prize

16 Mar 2019
The Cordis Prize is the world’s largest award for tapestry, aiming to encourage and reward ambition and scale in the field of contemporary weaving.

Collect Open 2019

28 Feb 2019
Swailes will be showing her new wall installation, ‘Glyphs and Loops - the Constellations’, using finely handwoven intricate tapestry, arranged on a invisible time line, which runs across the expansive wall; all, referencing our place in the universe

Available for commissions


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Collect 2019

Disciplines Textiles
Materials Textiles

The Constellations

Disciplines Textiles
Materials Textiles