Tadek Beutlich: Beyond Craft
17 Sep 2016 – 16 Apr 2017
An exhibition exploring the work of the Polish-born artist, weaver and tapestry maker.
While studying at art school in Poland, Tadek Beutlich was told by his teacher 'not to think, just do it'. This philosophy had a profound influence on the young artist and it was an idea that stuck with him throughout his career; Beutlich would state that planning out a tapestry or weaving first on paper was to do a disservice to the material that he worked with.
As a textile student in London in the 1940s, he was taken to visit the Ditchling-based hand loom weaver Ethel Mairet. Beutlich was incredibly inspired by Mairet and her imaginative ways of working with materials, and she encouraged him to experiment with more natural processes of weaving and dyeing.
He felt such a connection to the artist and her Sussex home that he would later move into the property when she died in 1967.
This exhibition displays the artist’s woven tapestry pieces alongside his prints, demonstrating the breadth and versatility of his work.