Monday, October 13, 2014

I haven't dropped off the face of the world...

... just extremely busy lately with all good things!  More about the "Woven Together" Tapestry Weavers South exhibit at the University of North Georgia and the Joan Baxter tapestry workshop coming soon.

Here's a sample of photos from the workshop last week.  We had 15 participants working with Joan Baxter from October 7 through the 10th.  There was also an opening reception for the exhibit and an artist talk by Joan on the evening of the 8th.  She flew back to Scotland last night after a month-long visit to the U.S., with four workshops scheduled all across the country.  This was her last stop and she gave us every bit of energy and inspiration as I'm sure she shared with everyone else.  We had the group workshop days, and then each person had a private consultation scheduled with Joan in the evenings, and so she was hard at work from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day she was here.  What a amazingly wonderful artist and teacher of tapestry!

Thank you, Joan Baxter, for everything.

Monday, September 29, 2014

More about Because of Memory...

Why "Because of Memory" as title for the stones tapestry?  The main reason for this is from a quote that's found on Lillian E. Smith's grave marker that I showed in photo in this post from last year.  In the post I was writing about the painting I was beginning based on photos I took of the chimney ruin at the Lillian E. Smith Center and beside which Ms. Smith is buried.

Another reason for the title is that I feel stones hold the memory of the earth's life.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Because of Memory

Because of Memory

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Off the loom, at last

I was able to cut off the tapestry this evening.  It's laying out on the floor of the studio now, resting overnight as am I.

Tomorrow the task of tidying up the back and finishing the ends begins.  That will be followed by doing the hanging method.  The piece is quite heavy so I may weave a band on which to sew the velcro that I'll attach to the back.  I've done that several times for larger tapestries, using my floor loom to weave a band of cotton seine twine in an almost warp faced weave, making it as wide as I want.  I use the smallest seine twine I have, setting it at about 20 epi.

The photo has more blue in it than the tapestry does... the incandescent lights tonight are effecting it, I think.  Maybe the camera is reading blue from the blanket I put on the floor to lay it on, too.  I'll be glad to see it hanging because I really can't yet tell how it looks!  I think I like it.