We are delighted to introduce Andrew Warburton who will be working on a joint textile commission with the Dewsbury Creative Town Arts Programme and Woven in Kirklees in Dewsbury town centre.
Andrew’s commission, entitled ‘Sculpting A Continent’, is intended to start a conversation about Climate Change and how a small change by everyone could lessen our impact on the environment.
The first instalment of the hand tufted textile commission will be revealed on Saturday 5th June coinciding with World Environment Day. The commission will be located in a seated gazebo in Dewsbury’s Market Place.
Opposite the installation, in the shop next to the Arcade entrance, there will also be an exhibition space and workshop area set up so that the general public will have an opportunity to have a go at hand tufting and contribute to a community created hand tufted textile by creating their own tufted lines on a stretched rug canvas. Every Saturday in June, Andrew will be hosting these hand tufting workshops in the Arcade Shop from 10am till 12noon and 1pm to 3pm. All sessions are free and must be pre-booked – PLEASE BOOK HERE.
Andrew Warburton has been designing and making hand tufted rugs for domestic, commercial and commissioned floor or wall artwork for over 30 years. He lives in Dewsbury and has a rug making company in Mirfield called Area Rugs. Andrew uses local wool spinners, yarn dyers and suppliers wherever possible to create his bespoke rugs and carpets……….. and therefore reducing his carbon footprint.
Andrew’s project is part of the Dewsbury Creative Town Programme funded by Kirklees Council and has been commissioned in partnership with Woven in Kirklees.