Peter Collingwood

(1922-2008)
An innovative weaver, teacher and author, Peter Collingwood was awarded OBE on 1974. In his Macrogauze works, his technical and aesthetic innovations are most apparent. Collingwood describes making Macrogauzes as if two separate people, working first on the design on paper, considering proportion and graphic qualities of the works, and then as an engineer/technician to ensure the design is executed as precisely as possible.


In conversation with Linda Theophilus in 1997, Peter Collingwood talks of his Macrogauze works in the follwoing terms:
"It is the looms precision that I try to use in developing wall-hangings aiming to produce something both controlled and impersonal. This may mean subtracting from the basic structure of the loom in order to give a new facility, as in the Macrogauze technique. That the warp threads run parallel to each other from one end of a textile to the other is part of the definition of weaving, but in Macrogauzes the warp no longer carries this restriction. Strips of warp can therefore move sideways, cross each other, twist, coalesce, separate and even enter and leave the weave in the form of weft. The resulting textile can be close or open, flat or three-dimensional, rectangular or shaped. In all cases the warp is dominant, almost a kind of thread engineering, but this should only be apparent to another weaver."


Collingwood's works can be found in public collections worldwide, including Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA; Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York, USA; and McDonald Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand.