Peter Collingwood

British, b.1922, d.2008

M3D6 Natural

  • Purchased, 1986
  • Reproduced courtesy of Peter Collingwood
  • Mixed media
  • 1850 x 630mm
  • 86/32

Peter Collingwood is one of the world’s best known and respected fibre artists. His rugs and macrogauze hangings are distinctive and instantly recognisable, leaving an impression of strength in design, colour and construction. This is a geometric macrogauze weaving in which the warp creates a three-dimensional impression of movement. Collingwood developed the technique in order to: ‘make the loom do something it hasn’t done before.’ Born in London, Collingwood served as an army doctor during the Second World War. After working with Arab refugees in the Jordan Valley, he returned to Britain and began studying weaving while working as an itinerant doctor. Collingwood subsequently set up his own workshop in London. He also began to visit the United States to run workshops and lecture. Collingwood was the first living weaver to be given an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and in 1974 he was awarded an OBE.