Peter Collingwood was the pre-eminent British artist weaver of the past 50 years. His technical and aesthetic innovations have been appreciated around the world, most notably in his Macrogauze wall-hangings, in which his traditional skill and visual abstraction work in perfect harmony. A master craftsman and the author of several works on weaving, his work as a teacher and his generous spirit had a profound and lasting impact on generations of students.
His was a life of experimentation – he left medicine, did his national service and made a loom out of 2 deck chairs. He went on to become one of only a few to earn a living as a full-time weaver, his innovations were not only aesthetically pleasing, but his efficient production methods were essential to his economic success. His goal was to make 3 rugs a week. He was a great friend of Hans Coper and they shared a joint exhibition at the V&A in 1969.
Collingwood was awarded the Gold Medal at the Munich International Handicrafts Exhibition in 1963, and the OBE in 1974. In 1989 he won the Annual Medal from the Worshipful Company of Weavers, and in 1994, the Annual Medal from the Society of Designer Craftsmen.