Hanging, Grandmother and Children with Tulips, 1950–60
Technique: plain weave with discontinuous wefts (slit tapestry)
Label: wool slit tapestry.
Gift of Elizabeth Gordon. 1964-24-51.
- Woven by Ann-Mari Kornerup
What is this?
Long vertical hanging depicting a woman with a walking stick standing on a curving path lined with tulips, with two children in the foreground.
Why is this important?
Tapestry weaver Ann-Mari Kornerup frequently depicted scenes of everyday life. Like this example, many include children. A dedicated advocate of tekstilsløyd (textile handcrafts) in the Danish educational system, Kornerup was deeply invested in children’s creative development. She served as teacher and artistic mentor in experimental needlework education in her local primary school, and contributed to graduate school curricula in needlework at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts (now the School of Design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts). Many of her primary school lesson plans are recorded in her lesson book, Embroidery for Children, published in Danish in 1969 and English in 1971.
Kornerup also enjoyed international recognition as an artist. She received the silver medal at the 1946 Venice Biennale and is listed as a Danish artist of note in a book on Scandinavian design published in New York in 1961. She produced tapestries for civic, commercial, and religious buildings including the Danish Parliament, the Danish National Bank, and Roskilde Cathedral.