About Jacy Wall
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"I endeavour to take a quietly inquisitive and subversive approach to a practice centred on traditional skills"
Born in London in 1952, I gained a BA Hons in Constructed Textiles in 1979 at Middlesex Polytechnic, and completed post graduate studies in Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking at UWE Bristol in 2002. I have worked in woven tapestry since 1982, first in Somerset, then from 2008 in West Dorset, and am a long time member of 'Fingerprint', a small group of professional printmakers at Dove Studios, Butleigh, Somerset.
I weave mainly in natural yarns, and dyes all my own colours, always sensitive to the range of tones to be found in any one colour. My printmaking is centred around etching and drypoint, happiest with the qualities of mark making when working with intaglio as opposed to a surface print technique.
A practice centred on these traditional skills belies a quietly subversive and inquisitive approach. My way of working with tapestry has become more akin to that of a painter, adding, taking away, re-making, rather than working from a traditional cartoon with every major move worked out beforehand. This improvisational approach became central to my work during a long period focusing on the theme of mending. Both tapestry and print practice spring from an ongoing investigation of textiles, informed by the evocative nature of pattern and texture, and their relationship to the personal thread of our lives.
As Lizzi Walton, Festival Director, SITSelect says 'Jacy Wall’s work has a sensitivity and a strength that never fails to excite me. Put that with great colour and her own unique take on tapestry and you have a winning combination'.
As well as large scale public commissions in tapestry in the 1990s, I have worked in a variety of roles in the arts, including initiating Art for Life at Taunton & Somerset NHS Trust in 1995, and the role of Arts & Crafts officer for the Blackdown Hills from 2002 to 2005. I have been part of several artist lead projects, including Genius Locii at Hestercombe 2000, and New Dimensions with the Museum of Somerset from 2015 to 2016.
I received Bursaries from the Theo Moorman Trust for Weavers in 1994 and 2008, and have had two Arts Council England Awards, in 2006 Marks in Time, and in 2012 The Nature of Mending project (curator/lead artist for group show of new work and other outcomes).
In 2017 the Slade Centre, Gillingham, Dorset presented The Continuous Thread a retrospective of my tapestries and printmaking.