|In James Koehler's studio with fabulous wall of hand-dyed yarn behind|
James Koehler had become legendary in his teaching and many who studied with James took workshops with him whenever they could. And, once in the workshop, I immediately began to learn why. His gentle nature put everyone at ease right away. His insights into concepts for design were inspiring. The handouts he gave us held gems of ideas. In the handout titled Quality he said:
Only by acting consciously and methodically can one attain some quality or value in life and in work.... The creative process is an unceasing metamorphosis of the quantities of our experience to a level of quality, an awareness of the mundane to an awareness of the essential.Here are photos from the workshop and also the visit we were able to make to his home/studio.
Last week on March 3, 2011 James Koehler's time in the world came to an end. Those who were very close to him are heart broken. And for those, like me, who'd just begun to know him--our hearts are also hurting. His untimely death has left a large hole in the world of tapestry as well as in that of his friends and family. But how brightly do his gifts still shine through his wonderful tapestries and in the teachings shared with so many.