Shadow Catchers, Garry Fabian-Miller 

This is one of the five short films commissioned by the V&A as part of the 'Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography' exhibition on display at the V&A from October 2010 to February 2011.

Each film features one of the five international artists featured in the exhibition, showing their studios and places that inspire them. This is a revealing and evocative look at their working environments and an insight into their creative ideas. 


To be looking and living on the margins is a place where things can be found. It’s a kind of unknown path and I have to find my way along it.

My interest in light and time is the accumulation of days. So you start with day one and you live until the last day and the kind of life is the accumulation of all the days, and the meaning comes from an engagement with everyday and then making sense of all the days.

Something happens which is incommunicable, and it can happen in a work of art or it can happen in a moment, in the landscape when you’re walking, and something occurs, a certain kind of light touches the landscape or in your home, light comes into a room and something else seems to be in the room with you, and you feel it.

I suppose I’m using the circle and the square as a place you can inhabit. I think I see the circle more as nature, and I see the square more as thought.

In recent work I’m bringing two colours together, and where two colours meet they make a third colour and also a kind of floating transitory space and that kind of edge, that is a kind of place of disappearing or emerging.

Really what my work is about is to try and create a thinking space, but also a kind of place one can slide into, and disappear into and perhaps not come back from.

I want the thing that appears to kind of come with a grace and a simplicity as if it’s always been there, and for me that should be an aspiration as if it’s just emerged into the world.

I used to say it should be just like breathing and it should come into the world as easily as that.

Obviously it’s more complicated than that, but the aspiration should be that it merges fully formed and the struggle should be absent.




Garry Fabian Miller, Collaboration with Dovecot Tapestry Studio

Garry Fabian Miller has worked with Dovecot Tapestry Studio to create two new gun-tufted hearth rugs, Hearth Rug, The Golden Light and Hearth Rug, The Ruby Embers, both tufted by Dennis Reinmüller. Initial conversations between Weaver Jonathan Cleaver and Fabian Miller in 2014, explored interests shared by the artist and Studio; craft processes, the textures of their materials, and the impact of colour.

Following discussion of how Fabian Miller’s photographs would evolve in their translation into textile objects, samples were made to develop colour ranges and an approach to rendering the chosen images. The creation of the hearth rugs marks the beginning of an on-going relationship with Dovecot – a larger tapestry project on the theme of the horizon is planned.

Garry Fabian Miller and Nigel Warbuton podcast

Artist Garry Fabian Miller is interviewed in his studio by British philosopher and author Nigel Warburton. They discuss Fabian Miller's work and life in Dartmoor, as well as his recent publication, Seeing Believing.

A short film about the making of the 'Voyage into the deepest, darkest blue' tapestry created in collaboration with Garry Fabian Miller.

This film documents the making of the 'Voyage into the deepest, darkest blue' tapestry woven at Dovecot Tapestry Studio in 2017.
For the Crafts Council's Real to Reel Craft Film Festival in 2018, screening at Picturehouse Central during London Craft Week on Tuesday 8 May, viewers were invited to discover BAFTA award-winning and hand-crafted animation, a passion for boxing combined with letterpress, the story of West Africa’s finest puppeteer, behind the scenes making and more in a varied selection of shorts. Included in this range of screenings, was Dovecot's short film about the making of the 'Voyage into the deepest, darkest blue' tapestry created in collaboration with Garry Fabian Miller. Dovecot Tapestry Studio worked with Fabian Miller to create a tapestry that draws upon the weavers’ great skill in the carefully considered blending of colour to capture the colour purity in Fabian Miller’s photographic work. Samples created as part of the development process, explored this consideration and derived that the design for the final tapestry would translate a new image based on an amalgamation of two photographic prints by Fabian Miller. The sampling stage is fundamental in evolving the discussion between artist and weaver to inform the collaboration. As the weaver worked on the samples for the Voyage tapestry, a sense of rhythm and pace developed in the colour blending; with the rate of change in the wool colours increasing towards the horizon line. This approach and associated processes adopted in the making of this colour rich tapestry, was highlighted in the exhibition 'Voyage' at Dovecot from 2 February to 7 May 2018.