Sunday, August 2, 2009

Works selected for exhibition

I was quite happy to learn that two of my tapestries have been selected for the upcoming Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild juried exhibit. Glen Kaufman was the juror; here's a link to an interview with Kaufman for an exhibit in which his work is featured, Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft & Traditional Art. I'm hoping to see the show in Asheville at the Asheville Art Museum in a couple of weeks. According to the tour schedule listed at the site, there are four more states in which the exhibit will be shown before it ends in 2010: Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi and Louisiana. It's already been in Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Florida. Funny thing is that I MISSED it when it was at the Atlanta History Center here in Georgia last year!

Preparation for the class I'm teaching next week at John Campbell Folk School is consuming my time right now and my big tapestry is taking a breather. For every week I teach I usually spend about two weeks in prep work--even after all the times I've done a similar class. This time around I'm weaving new samplers and photographing steps, revising my handout to incorporate the new photos, figuring out ways to add leashing options to my litter of copper pipe looms (think I have a solution short of building new tops for all the looms). Of course, packing up supplies, books, and other assorted materials will take about half a day--that will be done closer to departure. And it's hard to believe, it's just a week from today! The last time I was there was a couple of years ago and I posted photos from that session earlier in the blog.

I really enjoy teaching the short classes, even through I drive myself crazy as I get ready to do them. Ask my husband--he bears the brunt of my prep focus, yet again. But the opportunity to spend 9-5 (and beyond) each day for several intense days, sharing what I continue to learn about the wonderful process of tapestry making, makes me very happy.


  1. Congratulations on having your work accepted, Tommye. Which pieces are they?
    I know what you mean about teaching. But all that work usually ends up making me learn something new (or, more often, to remember something I had forgotten)! Have fun teaching again.

  2. Hi Kathy... thanks for the thoughts!
    The pieces are the roots tapestry, "...and they will be resolved into their own roots...." and one called "Rocks and Water"--I don't have a good photo of the second one in digital form. I submitted slides for these rather than digital.
    I'm looking forward to seeing the show; CHG always puts together an outstanding collection of fiber works both in their juried shows and their members shows, held on alternate years.
    Yes, I keep on learning--that's one of the reasons I like to teach.

  3. Yes - congrats on the exhibition! I for one appreciated all your extra work preparing for the class!

  4. Thanks, Jennifer!
    Can you believe Arrowmont was almost a year ago? Going to the TWS retreat--hope to see you there.

  5. Hi Tommye,
    That week at the Folk School will be worth the extra work.... once you are there, you will be so relaxed!
    Looking forward to seeing your work at the CHG show at Hudgens,
    Elaine from weaving