I was happy to see Kathe Todd-Hooker in late October at the end of the class she taught for Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild in Atlanta. Kathe and I had emailed back and forth earlier in the year to see if we could coordinate a visit for her here in north Georgia either before or after her workshop. Turns out that a couple of days after her workshop were good so I picked her up on the last day. I got there early so that I could see what was up with the students (and see some old friends among the group). I was able to sit in on a last discussion as Kathe moved around the room to see what ideas were being generated by the participants for future tapestry cartoons and give them feedback.
Kathe stayed overnight with us in Dahlonega, and she and I spent some time in my studio. She gave me very valuable comments about the large feather tapestry cartoon that I've been working on. One of the suggestions she had was to consider using soumak for the linear work in the background; that hadn't occurred to me, in fact I was trying to decide whether any of the marks would even be included in the tapestry. I've taken her suggestion to heart... the tapestry is well underway with soumak being used for marks throughout the background. I'll show a couple of photos of that at the end of the post. Thanks, Kathe!
Then, finally... what's happening in the studio now. I'm continuing to work on the smaller feather tapestry I included in the last post but most of my work for the past week has been getting the large piece underway. Kathe's suggestions of using soumak for the marks in the background resonated with me as soon as she said it.