In its Familiarity, Golden - 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.
In this tapestry Perry's fictional character Julie Cope takes control of her life and widens her horizons. She relocates to Maldon with her children and attends university in Colchester, where she moves in with her second husband Rob. Together Julie and Rob share a profound happiness that lasts until her sudden and untimely death at the age of 61. It is this shocking incident that prompts Rob to build a ‘temple’ in memory of his beloved Julie – the shrine that Perry realised with his House for Essex.
Tapestry offers the possibility to play with textures, whether to recreate the wrinkles of an ageing face or convey the wetness of a coat. These effects are achieved through meticulous drawing and expert selection of weave patterns and tensions. Each of the Essex House Tapestries took several months to sketch, between four and six weeks to draw on the computer, three months to adapt and prepare for weaving, four days to thread onto the loom and five hours to weave.
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.