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Charterhouse tapestry: Year 5 kids design and make ‘vibrant’ weaving for historic Clerkenwell building

PUBLISHED: 08:54 23 October 2018

West Dean Studios are weaving a tapestry for The Charterhouse. Picture: West Dean Studio

West Dean Studios are weaving a tapestry for The Charterhouse. Picture: West Dean Studio

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Year 5 kids from St John the Evangelist school have designed a “vibrant” and “energetic” tapestry for The Charterhouse.

West Dean Studios are weaving a tapestry for The Charterhouse. Picture: West Dean StudioWest Dean Studios are weaving a tapestry for The Charterhouse. Picture: West Dean Studio

Weavers from the West Dean Tapestry Studio ran two workshops with the children just before school broke up for the summer holidays.

They are now working on the two- by 1.5-metre tapestry, which should take six months to complete.

The Charterhouse, in Clerkenwell, is a historic complex of Carthusian buildings, encompassing an old monastery and almshouse.

Children looked to the building’s 17th century tapestries for inspiration, creating a nautical design in honour of George Fenner.

Mr Fenner was one of the Charterhouse’s first residents and served as sea captain under the infamous Elizabethan slave trader Sir Francis Drake.

Cynthia Adobea-Aidoo, learning manager at the Charterhouse, says: “We were delighted to be behind this project and host the workshop which inspired the children involved in this exciting tapestry project.

“It will be a fantastic modern addition to the Charterhouse tapestry collection, and inspiring to future young people coming here to learn and create.”

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