Murray Gibson

I have been weaving tapestries for 30 years.

This is not the career path upon which I set out all those years ago. My high school education was geared towards the sciences. While at university I discovered that science was not the right path for me; rather I followed my heart and went to art college.

During my art college years I discovered that I enjoyed the creative complexity of colour theory and 2D design principles; I also discovered that I enjoyed the complexity and logic of woven structures. Tapestry is - for me - the ideal combination of creativity, design, and weaving.

In 1985 I graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, AB. In 1994 I returned to school and received my MA, Textiles from Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK.

You will see in my portfolio that I have woven many tapestries during the past 30 years. There is great difference between the work of then and now, but there is, however, a common thread running throughout. I have always designed my tapestries so that they reference textiles if not specifically tapestries. In some works I have made direct reference to medieval tapestries in both imagery and technique, but there are also more subtle illusions to cloth through the use of patterning and even the use of a woven border. It is very important to me that my concepts and imagery are always best realized in a woven form.

In Spring 2015 I was named a Master Artisan by The Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council.

The stylized spider at the upper left of the screen is my logo that I weave into each tapestry.

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