Design Museum Academy Adult Learning

Workshop: Surrealist Weaving

In this hands-on workshop delivered in partnership with the West Dean College, learn how to create your own Surrealist eye using a range of different weaving techniques.

What to expect

In this one-day workshop, learn basic techniques of tapestry weaving to embellish the surface of your work.

You'll be working on your own surrealist eye design inspired by a tapestry developed by West Dean College which is based on Edward James's drawing 'The Empress of the Insects getting ready for the Midsummer Night's Ball'.

Light refreshments, equipment and materials will be provided.


Philip Sanderson

Sanderson studied tapestry weaving at The Royal College of Art before joining the West Dean Tapestry Studio in 1993. As a professional weaver, Sanderson has gained extensive experience working with artists and designers to translate their ideas into large-scale tapestries. Sanderson is currently Studio Leader at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation where he leads the Tapestry Foundation Diploma.


Booking information

Adult: £90
Early bird Adult: £82
Student/Concession: £82
Early bird Student/Concession: £75
Members: £75
Early bird Members: £68

Early bird deadline: 22 January

Capacity is limited, please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Check out the Design Museum Academy refunds and cancellations policy here.

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Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today

Delve into the dreamlike relationship between Surrealism and design in this century spanning celebration of surrealist objects of desire. A Vitra Design Museum Exhibition.

Image by West Dean College.