For more than a quarter of a century textile works of art have been made by
handcraft in the Fränkische Gobelin Manufaktur Marktredwitz /Germany
The traditional art of weaving Gobelins is brought together with the
drafts and designs of contemporary artists, so that unique
works of art in brilliantly shining colours come into being.
Ursula Benker-Schirmer, the manufactury´s manageress, textile artist and painter, has found a way to
co-operate with highly renowned artists of our time like
Herbert Bayer (Bauhaus), Heinz Trökes (Berlin), Horst Böhm
(Darmstadt), Ernst Weil (Nuremberg), George Meistermann
(Cologne) George Csató (Paris), Helmut Weissenborn
(London), Erich Buchholtz (Berlin) and many others to
mention just a few.
The Gobelins can be seen in
many public institutions in different towns in Germany, e.g.
the district authorities in Hof/S., Amberg and Wunsiedel, in
the administration rooms of the power stations in Bayreuth
and Berlin, and In many foreign towns like New York, San
Francisco, Kyoto. Each piece of art has found an appropriate
place to hang in countries like Australia, France, South
Above all, it has to be mentioned that Ursula
Benker-Schirmer herself was an artist who realizes her own
designs. Her woven Gobelins and oil paintings on canvass
together with her graphics and drawings are particularly
She and her manufactory
became world-famous when she designed the impressive Gobelin
(40 metres in size) for the Cathedral of Chichester in southern England
(South Sussex). This tapestry was mode In close co-operation between
Germany and England, i.e. on five to six metre wide looms in
her studio in Marktredwitz and at the Tapestry Studio of the
English West Dean College near Chichester.
its dedication the Chichester Cathedral Gobelin has been
attracting many visitors because of its overwhelming
multitude of shiming colours and the crystal forms which are
a reference to the famous glass windows in the cathedral.
title of this monumental work of
art by Ursula Benker-Schirmer is of great significance for the relation between England and
visitor is informed about the underlying theme of this
Gobelin and given intriguing hints to the Old and New
Testament and many Christian symbols.