A Perfect Match - Essex House Tapestries: the Life of Julie Cope
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.
'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.
Short term loan as part of Crafts Council Touring Exhibition Julie Cope's Grand Tour: The Story of a Life by Grayson Perry
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