Saturday, August 31, 2019

August is finishing its 2019 version


... and so am I with my tapestry diary for the month. This time around it is a small flower. 


It's a small image for the month because I only had a little bit of time to work on it.  The area for the month was just 3" by 3". I started it yesterday and finished today. I guess I have about an hour and a half of weaving time between the two days devoted to it. It will most likely be the smallest and simplest of the floral images I'm doing this year.

I took a photo of a little flower on the last day of the Penland class, one I saw while walking to Northlight for the final show and tell event of the session.

The flower was quite tiny in an expanse of grasses and weeds. I didn't know what it was and later identified it with an app I have on my phone. Turns out it was a Whitestar morning glory


My goal is to have a larger flower for the upcoming month to show in about 30 days. But I also have a large and scary deadline coming by the end of September. So there may be no flower at all! But there will be days. Yes, there will be weaving into the tapestry diary on each day--even if only a couple of pick each time.

There will be days to come and this month will pass and this deadline will be met. And then I'll be back to weaving most of the days of my life!  

Sunday, July 28, 2019

2019 Tapestry Diary


It's almost the end of July and I've finished my self-assigned duty of doing a flower each month in this year's tapestry diary. I selected this flower, one I'd photographed in the neighborhood earlier in July. Is it a black-eyed Susan or a small sunflower of some kind? I haven't yet taken time to find out. I was entranced with the shape and color, though. I always think of yellow flowers in mid-summer. Maybe that's because I see a lot of them then?


I'm sure you'll notice the little representation of the American flag at the right side--yes, that was woven on the 4th of July. Every year since I've been doing the tapestry diaries I've included the flag in some way. I'm proud to be an American in spite of the ugly political climate now. Better days will come. I have to keep believing that. 

On another note, I'll be teaching my last class soon at Penland School of Crafts. I'm scheduled for session six, August 11-23 and I'm eager to get back there again. 

I took a class in weaving at Penland in the summer of 1975 that was a life-changing experience. That was when I met Edwina Bringle, who was the teacher for the class. She was an amazing resource of information and I've continued to learn from her through the forty-five years since then. Edwina, along with Bob Owens, Archie Brennan, and Susan Martin-Maffei are who I consider to be my mentors. One day soon I'll devote a blog post to each of those people. 

It's been a slow year for blog posts. I've been writing, though, just not in this format. I'm hoping I'll soon have some news about that. In the meantime, I'll be daily going through the tapestry diary until the end of this year--my tenth. More about that soon, too!

 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

An online exhibit: Pat Williams Has Stories to Tell


I'm quite pleased to have recently had a chance to curate an exhibit of the tapestries of Pat Williams. The exhibit, called "Pat Williams Has Stories to Tell" lives online only. That's great because it's accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world. And will be on display through the American Tapestry Alliance website for years to come. 



The only unfortunate aspect of this is that the viewers don't get a chance to be in the physical presence of the tapestries. Photos of tapestry work can only do so much to help one understand the technical skill and aesthetic choices made by the artist when weaving. Pat is indeed an expert in both aspects. Her technical abilities with tapestry are such that she can make the yarn do whatever she wants it to. The aesthetic choices are ones that are made in such a way as to take a viewer on a visual journey with her. She uses color, texture and shapes to eloquently communicate depth of feelings about circumstances of life. 

Take a look and visually absorb something from the stories Pat tells with her tapestries. Be sure to notice that there are links at the top that will take you to each of the three galleries. I pointed to those with the three red arrows in the screen shot from the webpage.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Convergence 2020 in Knoxville, Tennessee


I'm excited to announce that I'll be teaching a one day workshop next summer at the Handweavers Guild of America's 2020 Convergence in Knoxville.

The workshop is called "Untangling Design for Tapestry" and will be filled with ideas that I'm working on for an upcoming project.

More about all of this later!