Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Lots happening today... residents and other guests visited my studio this afternoon. I spend some of the morning getting ready for the guests... including unwrapping several tapestries I have with me from a previous exhibit. I usually don't travel with finished tapestries but the timing of my retreat here and the end of the exhibit made it possible that I have several works with me. This afternoon around 4 p.m. twelve people came to visit. Nancy Fichter, the Director of the Center, had prepared wonderful appetizers. And Martha Bishop provided the drinks. I was in my "school teacher" lecture mode while talking to the guests as I demonstrated at my tapestry loom... something I acknowledged to them as I realized my voice was louder than in normal conversation!
I didn't get any photos of the group... something I'd intended to do. But... here's the tapestry at the point they saw it today:
I've gotten several inches woven on this since I've been able to concentrate on the tapestry from last week on. I've got two more full days here at the retreat so I hope I'll get this about 3/4 of the way completed before I leave.
The work I have with me, that I'd picked up from my two-person exhibit in Asheville on June 17, I was able to show... here's the stack on my bed before the guests arrived:
Martha Bishop, who's in the cottage next to mine, was intrigued with my tapestry weaving when I met her at Hambidge Center a couple of years ago. I had my Archie Brennan-designed loom with me and she built one for herself after that. Since that, she's built another wooden loom that has a tension method and also this stand to hold it.
She's weaving while she's here--as well as composing music. She weaves out on the porch of her cottage when the light is good in the afternoon.
This plant near the Lillian Smith memorial plaque may be galax...this is the last retreat I'm going to without my plant id books! The ones I checked out at the library in Clayton don't cover as much as I need.
When I got closer I saw it was a musical score so I KNEW who'd place it there... Martha! She'd heard me talking to Robert about the red door photos!
It's appropriate that the pages of her composition she chose to post on the red door are given the direction to be played "rambunciously"... indeed, Martha's spirit!!
Two more working days before I leave... hope to make the most of both of them!
Posted by Tommye McClure Scanlin at 10:23 PM