Saturday, December 20, 2014
I am a great fan of Rebecca Mezoff's tapestries. I first saw her work in person in New Mexico when Lyn Hart and Jane Hoffman let me tag along with them to see the Bauhaus Tapestry Project exhibit that Rebecca was in, along with James Koehler and Cornelia Theimer Gardella. I was just amazed at the beauty of the Rebecca's tapestries and also quite taken with her writing in the statements for each piece.
I've followed her progress through her blog and her website through several years and had a fun time with her whenever we've been able to meet up in person (like about every two years somewhere in the country at an American Tapestry Alliance event). I've been always impressed with how seriously she takes the field of tapestry and how passionate she is about promoting and encouraging others through her blog and other writings. So I was excited to find out that she was developing an online course for tapestry teaching.
She's offered her course several times now and she's about to begin a new one as the New Year rolls around. She just emailed about that yesterday. When I scrolled through her info link at her website, I found it was so thorough and entertaining in itself that I wanted to post a link to it here at my blog. So here it is: http://www.rebeccamezoff.com/warp-and-weft-learning-the-structure-of-tapestry
Rebecca weaves her tapestries a bit differently than I do but nevertheless what she does and how she teaches about tapestry is marvelous. As one of my best teachers ever (Edwina Bringle) once told me, "Have every experience you can, take what you need and throw the rest away!" And I've taken that bit of wisdom to heart over the past three decades. Although knowing, all the while, that the rest isn't really thrown away... maybe just on the back burner until needed. So I know she meant, "Learn everything you can and when the time is right to use it, it's there for you!"
So... here's to you, Rebecca Mezoff! And to the many students of tapestry I hope will find you!!
And... disclaimer here! No financial rewards for me with this promotion! Just, I hope, more people finding the wonderful world of tapestry weaving!!
Posted by Tommye McClure Scanlin at 9:33 AM