Scotland comes down to the South Bank of London:
In northeast London is the William Morris Museum, based in his former family home, while near where I live across the other side of London are the remains of Merton Abbey, bought by William Morris in 1881 as the base for his textile business, with water flowing by the River Wandle.
The Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh were established by the 4th Marquess of Bute in 1912 as a Scottish base for the William Morris workshops, with the main aim of creating the large tapestries for his house, Mount Stuart, on Bute.
Originally based in Corstorphine in Edinburgh, the Studios are now located in the previously-derelict Infirmary Street Baths in central Edinburgh where they continue the tradition of artist-led hand-woven rugs and tapestries. Previous artists include many of Britain’s foremost names including Henry Moore and Graham Sunderland.
Under the semi-derelict eaves of the top floor of the Barge House on the South Bank of London is David Penny’s ‘Screen for another Focus’, the result of his residency at the Dovecot Tapestry Studios in Edinburgh which was the inspiration for his fascination of the craft of weaving.