Over Under : Under Over

Exploring weave in it’s wider context

Presented as part of:


22 Dec 2019 – 30 Jan 2020

Royal Scottish Academy Upper Galleries

The Mound


Free Entry


We at Cordis are embarking on an exciting new project as part of our mission to promote tapestry weaving, and it’s cultural and historical significance to the City of Edinburgh. In December 2019/January 2020 we will be teaming up once again with our friends at Visual Arts Scotland to present a curated selection of artworks that explore wider applications of the woven form.

 Straying from our usual adherence to the traditional principals of woven Gobelin tapestry, this project aims to explore the wider applications of the woven form. We have selected six artists whose work is constructed in a similar way to tapestry, or whose techniques resonate with the principals of weaving, whether that be through the interlacing materials or of repetitive gesture.

Our select showcase will be presented within the wider context of the SSA & VAS joint Annual Exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy, Scotlands flagship exhibition venue. OPEN SSA+VAS promises to be the largest and most diverse exhibition of contemporary art and craft to be held in Scotland this year, giving an expected audience of over 30,000 people the opportunity to discover and enjoy artworks across all mediums.


Dail Behennah


There are two strands to my work.

The first is geometry and mathematics which underpin everything.

The second is a sense of place. I have a degree in geography and my vessels are constructed as one would build a 3D relief map, starting with a regular grid and drawing on contour lines which form the curves of the container. Many of my baskets refer to, and contain elements of, a particular landscape.

Sue Lawty

Lawty’s work is rooted in an emotional, spiritual and physical engagement with the land.

Through repetitive structure and construction she tacitly explores material qualities that are inherently given by the substance she chooses to work with, quietly drawing the viewer in to observe the subtlest of nuances.

 In this exhibition Lawty’s medium is lead. Found underground in rock, lead is from the mineral galena.

 It is denser than most common materials. It is poisonous, it is used to kill. It is used to protect. It is heavy. It is soft. It is pliable, malleable, weavable, knotable and beatable.


Celia Pym


Celia Pym uses darning, knitting and embroidery to create intimate works that speak directly to human experience. Over the past ten years Pym has carefully darned other people’s clothing, interrogating our feelings towards vulnerability, care and repair. Pym’s ability to draw out memories and meaning through the process of mending often belies the understated, yet intensely personal finished object, be it a sock, jumper or tracksuit. She has exhibited widely in the UK and beyond, and has worked on a number of publically engaged projects which aim to bring the value of mending to a wider audience.

Elizabeth Ashdown


Elizabeth is a London based artist and designer who creates distinctive hand woven Passementerie and textile artworks from her studio at Cockpit Arts in Deptford.
Only one of a few hand Passementerie weavers remaining in the UK, Elizabeth creates unique, intriguing and distinctive mixed media work for a variety of commercial and private clients. Traditional weaving techniques are combined with an energetic use of colour, pattern and material combinations to create contemporary, exclusive one-off pieces, both large and small.

Sarah Jane Henderson


Through colour, material and craft, Sarah-Jane creates innovative surfaces that build on traditional embroidered techniques, that provoke curiosity and physical interaction, particularly at a time where the term ‘interaction’ is heavily used in a digital context. With a hands-on approach, her practice creates a dialogue around the importance of interaction and positive relationships, with a significant focus on emotional health and well-being of young people today.


Sadhvi Jawa


Sadhvi  is intrigued by the theme of co-existence between old and new communities, the pull and push, the making and claiming that goes into trying to stay a part of the evolving landscape. This aspect is particularly evident in a city like Bangalore (India) which, like many other cities around the world, is facing the challenges of urbanisation. What was once known as a ‘garden city’ is today known for its IT industry. Having lived here for about 13 years now, She proudly calls it her second home, a city where she feels she belongs. Sadhvi seeks to share the narrative of Bangalore’s changing ecological, visual and social identity through art.