A Perfect Match - Essex House Tapestries: the Life of Julie Cope (2016.18)

Catalogue Record

Collection

Maker

Title

A Perfect Match - Essex House Tapestries: the Life of Julie Cope

Date

2015

Description

One of a pair of tapestries designed and created for Grayson Perry's House for Essex project.

This tapestry depicts the key events in the early life of Perry's fictional character Julie Cope: from her birth during the Canvey Island floods of 1953, through her teenage years in Basildon, to an ultimately doomed relationship with her first husband Dave. The deceptive picture-perfect family portrait in the centre reveals troubling signs of the future breakdown of her marriage.

Perry created this rich visual story on a computer. He then worked closely with a digital mediator and tapestry weavers to translate the vivid 1970s colour palette of his original digital drawings into a woven textile. Like an Impressionist painter, he maintains the vibrancy of the palette through a combination of woven colours that are blended by the viewer’s eye.

Edition 4 of 9.

Dimensions

height:  290cm
length:  335cm

Object number

2016.18

Category

References

Credit

'Essex House Tapestries: the Life of Julie Cope' (2015) were acquired with Art Fund support (with a contribution from The Wolfson Foundation) and a donation from Maylis and James Grand.

On view

Short term loan as part of Crafts Council Touring Exhibition Julie Cope's Grand Tour: The Story of a Life by Grayson Perry at: Firstsite, Colchester, 18/11/2017 - 18/02/2018; Wolverhampton Museum and Art Gallery, 23/02/2018 - 29/04/2018; Shipley Gallery, Gateshead, 05/05/2018 - 29/07/2018; Sunderland Museum & Winter Garden, 03/08/2018 - 04/10/2018; Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, 08/11/2018 - 17/02/2019
  • A Perfect Match, Grayson Perry, 2015. Crafts Council Collection: 2016.18. Acquired with Art Fund support (with a contribution from The Wolfson Foundation) and a donation from Maylis and James Grand. Courtesy the Artist, Paragon Press, and Victoria Miro, London. © Grayson Perry

Maker's statement

[The tapestries] are the condensed life of a fairly ordinary Essex Woman set mainly in the second half of the twentieth century. The way the world is going in fifty years time many may find Julie’s life that we see as fairly ordinary as one of plentiful opportunity and exceptional wealth!