"We rarely see things without something else imposing on our view. When we look through a window, it is not just the landscape we see but, for example, how the frame cuts our view. It is this combination of interrupted images, which is the predominant influence within my tapestry work.
The result is ‘jigsaw’ compositions, comprising large areas of single intensive colour juxtapose complex foliage and flora and areas of simple pattern. It is precise placing, resulting in a very deliberate play on perspective. Each tapestry tells us that we rarely see things as a whole, but the interruption of one image by another can teases our sense of perspective and result in something quite joyous to behold." Jennie Moncur 2006
Each tapestry demonstrates a characteristic love of colour. There are intense blues and reds, electric pinks and mauves. These are often combined with areas of more placid tones to create a dramatically vibrant and harmonious pallet. The weaving is fine and densely compacted to accentuate the intensity of colour and to exploit the contrasting characteristics of the designs.
All of Jennie Moncur’s tapestries are woven in the traditional manner on their side. This allows the weaving to produce smooth elongated vertical line and form, creating an overall tranquillity to the work. Traditional shading techniques - which adhere closely to the 14th and 15th century shading methods of ‘battage’ and ‘hachure’ - are employed. Here colours are systematically woven alternately, allowing a new colour to become predominant. These techniques create a three dimensional quality, giving depth and life to the forms.
Public Collections and Commissions
The Architecture Foundation, London
Blackett's Medical Practice, Darlington
Two tapestries commissioned by Blackett’s Medical Practice
Canary Wharf Group
Cherwell School, Oxford
Commerz Grundbesitz Investmentgesellschaft mbH
Hanging commissioned by Commerz Grundbesitz Investmentgesellschaft mbH for Linklater hq, London
Contemporary Textile Gallery, London
Crafts Council, London
Department of Social Security HQ, Leeds
Development Securities PLC
Fidelity Investments, London
Financial Times, London
Flashback TV, London
Public Collections and Commissions continued
Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council
Great Fosters, Egham
Tapestry commissioned by Great Fosters, Egham
Hertfordshire County Art Collection
Hitachi Data Systems, Stoke Poges
Institute of Actuaries, London
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Jardine Insurance Brokers, London
Lambeth Palace Chapel, London
Oxford Playhouse, Oxford
Palace of Westminster, London
The Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford
Robert Fleming & Co Ltd, London
Savoy Group, London
Soho Soho Restaurant, London
Swatch Shop, Geneva
Thamesdown Borough Council, Swindon
The Spires' Shopping Centre, Barnet
University Hospital NHS Trust, Birmingham
Whistles Shop, Oxford
Jennie Moncur studied at Goldsmith's College, University of London before specializing as a tapestry weaver at the Royal College of Art London (MA RCA 1986).She set up her studio after graduating and immediately started fulfilling commissions obtained from her graduation show at the RCA. She has produced both exhibition and commission work ever since.
She has been a regular visiting lecturer at Middlesex University, Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art.
In 1997 she was appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport as a trustee of the British Crafts Council. She served on the Council's Finance and General Purpose committee and was joint chair of the Council's Development Award committee (1997 - 2003), as well as serving on the Nominations committee until finishing her term in 2004.
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