Walking on Art

Walking on Art

Explorations in Carpet Design

  1. Deirdre Dyson
  • ISBN 9780500518052
  • 33.50 x 25.00 cm
  • PLC (with jacket)
  • 192pp
  • Illustrated in colour throughout
  • First published 2015

A jargon-free introduction to the techniques of contemporary carpet design and creation

It is rare for a practitioner to present their thought processes, inspirations and techniques in a straightforward, no-nonsense, jargon-free way. Deirdre Dyson’s book is a welcome exception.

Dyson’s carpets are both works of art and works of design. They are also examples of superb craftsmanship. And, as this beautiful book reveals, they are also extremely pleasurable.

‘Lusciously illustrated with pictures of colourful, modern carpet designs, all of which are handmade in Nepal’ – The Sunday Times
‘Explains Deirdre’s practise and techniques in colourful detail’– Wallpaper*
‘A beautiful book’– BBC Radio Bristol

Walking on Art pp26-27

The book describes her journey from figurative painting into carpet design and carefully explains the thoughts, questions and challenges that occurred along the way, and the techniques required to support them.

The foreword by Professor Sir Christopher Frayling contextualizes Dyson’s award-winning work within discussions about art and design, and then Dyson herself reflects on her long experience of designing exquisite carpets.

The chapter ‘Techniques’ introduces the traditional methods she uses to create these carpets, and how these conventions can be manipulated to create stunning effects. ‘Process’ then explores the steps that lie behind any design. These chapters are followed by Dyson’s collections. Illustrated in full, they demonstrate her love of colour and her range of inspirations.

Lady Dyson met her husband James when both were students at the Byam Shaw School of Art. She has a store on the King’s Road in London, and in 2013 was the winner of ‘Best Studio Artist Design’ at the DOMOTEX Carpet Design Awards.
Professor Sir Christopher Frayling is Professor Emeritus of Cultural History at the Royal College of Art.