Peter Collingwood - Master Weaver.
Peter Collingwood, born 1922, abandoned his first career in medicine in favour of life as a weaver. He trained in three production workshops before setting up his own studio. Later he began weaving wall hangings and smaller objects like tablet-woven belts.
He has exhibited worldwide, notably a large show in 1968 with Hans Coper in the V&A Museum London, which was the first time this museum had shown the work of living makers. A retrospective of his work toured the UK, Sweden and the US during 1998.
Throughout his career weaving had been mixed with annual teaching visits to the USA and he has writtin five books, regarded as definitive on specific techniques, based on museum and field research.
Peter has always been obsessed
by the myriad ways, from any time or place, that threads can be be
interworked to make a fabric - 'converting the linear into the planar'.
This has led him to inventing ways of altering the loom to create
different effects, such as Shaft-switching. Angelfell and Macrogauze.
He is currently working with museums on technical analyses of textiles.