b. 1934, Edinburgh; lives and works in London, Venice and Cortona, Italy

1956-58 British School in Rome

1955-56 Accademia di Brera, Milan (awarded an Italian government scholarship)

1951-55 Bath Academy of Art, Corsham 

Joslyn Tilson is a sculptor and a weaver. As the daughter of Flavia Birrell, and Alastair Morton, an abstract painter, weaver, and head of the fabric firm Edinburgh Weavers, it’s not surprising to learn she works with thread. As a weaver, she makes very precise miniature works which have subtle variations and flashes of colour. By contrast, her sculptural forms are rounded and substantial, with uneven matt surfaces, and are often uncoloured, or rusty hued. They often contain architectural ‘conceits’, such as a doorway set within a doorway (as in a Giorgio de Chirico painting — a favourite of hers).