Museum of Carpet Summer Exhibition Woven Forms: Breaking the Boundaries

Museum of Carpet Summer Exhibition Woven Forms: Breaking the Boundaries

The Museum of Carpet is based in Kidderminster, the Woven Carpet Capital of the World. A centre of heritage, art and industry, we celebrate the history of carpet weaving and Kidderminster’s global contribution.

Summer is coming and so is the Museum of Carpet annual summer exhibition.  This year we focus on Kidderminster’s heritage as a weaving town by exhibiting unique, contemporary and traditional woven forms.

This summer exhibition is set to break the boundaries as it showcases a mesmerising sculptural installation by weaving artist Jan Bowman.  Jan is renowned for breaking the boundaries of weaving by creating woven spatial divides, panels and sculptural pieces that challenge the conventional limits of the discipline by transforming traditional woven forms into contemporary installations. Examples of her work could be seen at the Saathchi Gallery this spring. We are very fortunate that Jan has agreed to work with the Museum of Carpet to give this exhibition the ‘Wow!’ factor.

Jan’s work will be displayed alongside beautiful examples of woven Rya Rugs popular in the 1960s and 70s from the Museum collection. The abstract designs and bright colours were inspired by the Scandinavian landscape and the northern lights.

Carpet designers are still inspired by the landscape today and Ulster Carpets have kindly agreed to display their extraordinary carpet design woven for Sacramento Airport.  It was an ambitious project and stunning design, which you can see at the Museum of Carpet, without having to travel to California.

See below for a programme of events connected with the ‘Woven Forms: Breaking the Boundaries’ exhibition.  Please purchase tickets in advance from the Museum of Carpet.

Ply Split Braiding Workshop

Julie Hedges is an expert braider and inspirational teacher.

Using ply-split braiding methods, she will show you how to make small

3-dimensional pieces inspired by natural forms – flowers, leaves, seed-heads.

For those who would like to develop their skills in braiding.

Wednesday 10th July, 10am – 4pm, Cost £40


Vintage Memory Roll Workshop

Enjoy a day of hand stitching and reminiscing with Lorraine Brettle.

Incorporate well-loved memories into a fabric scroll to create a unique

heirloom from re-cycled fabrics.

Tuesday 23rd July 10am – 4pm, cost £40



Weaving artist Jan Bowman creates spatial divides, panels and sculptural

pieces. Her work challenges the conventional limits of the discipline.

Jan will talk about her work, inspiration and explain her techniques.

Friday 26th July 2-4pm, tea and cake served at 3pm

Cost £12.50 + free entry to the Museum and exhibition


Weaving workshops

Working on table top looms you will have the opportunity to create your

own individual piece of weaving, gaining from Jan Bowman’s expert advice

and inspirational practice.

6th, 7th & 8th August 10am – 4pm, cost £50 per day.


Paper Cut Workshop

Vanessa Stone, paper cut artist, will introduce you to the different ways of

working with paper. You will be drawing, designing and composing for

paper cutting to create a beautiful landscape image.

Thursday 22nd August 10am – 4pm, cost £40


Design Archive Talk

Discover the Museum collection of beautiful carpet designs ranging from

the 1800s to contemporary designers. You will be able to view the original

designs and find out about the history of carpet design.

Thursday 19th September 10.30am – 12.30pm, cost £10



Stour Vale Mill Green Street Kidderminster DY10 1AZ

Tel 01562 69028 Email [email protected]useumofcarpet.org.uk


Charity No. 1163401

Museum of Carpet Summer Exhibition Woven Forms: Breaking the Boundaries

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