Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tapestry days

Tapestry Weavers South workshop that I'll be co-teaching with Pat Williams begins today!  It has 15 participants and we should have a grand time over the next few days learning about the ins and outs of both basic tapestry methods and more.  I hope to have time to post a few photos from the class soon.

My blogging has slowed way down in the past couple of months due to life circumstances... ever have any of those?!  Most have been fine, some have been otherwise... but la, la, la, la... life goes on.

Anyway... my tapestry diary is progressing... lots of blanks in place but solid days, too.  The latest Handwoven with the theme of Slow Cloth has a tiny photo of my 2009 tapestry calendar included.  It's on page 32, if you've got the magazine and haven't noticed it.  I'm in good company on that page... there's also a photo of a couple of Michael Rhode's works, plus one of Sarah Swett's, and Kathe Todd-Hooker's tapestries.

Here's the tapestry diary as of Oct. 26... a few more blanks coming up as this teaching gig gets underway... and then next weekend begins the extended series of blanks as I leave for England to spend six weeks at West Dean College immersed in tapestry.  How exciting is that?!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Friday, October 8, 2010

More from Nebraska

Panel is over and done... good job by all!  I'm glad it's finished up, however!!

Last night Pat & I went to the American Tapestry Alliance Biennial 8 reception.  Here's Susan Iverson with her tapestry in the center of the background...

Pat Williams (on the left with her tapestry at the bottom) and Jan Austin (on right with her tapestry on the right just above Pat's)...

Pat... with Marci McDade, editor of Fiberarts magazine just to her right taking photo of assorted folks at the opening.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Textile Society of America Symposium, Lincoln, Nebraska

I'm at the TSA symposium in Nebraska... my first visit to this state.  So far, a good one!  Friendly, helpful people and beautiful countryside.  Pat Williams, my tapestry weaver friend and I, flew out and are rooming together.  We'll be spending the next few days immersed in a new adventure for both of us... the Textile Society of America Symposium.  It all sounds very scholarly and imposing... but the people we've met so far have been very friendly and helpful.

I'll be part of a panel on Thursday that Mary Lane is the chairperson for.  My presentation is 20 minutes long (one of four during our time).  It will be the result of what I'd been pulling together during the first part of my residency at the Lillian Smith Center this summer.  I continue to wonder why I work so hard and so long on something that is over with in such a short amount of time; yet my presentation is based on interviews with eight fiber artists who graciously shared thoughts about their work with me.

 Here's our hotel.

AND I just learned tonight that KATHE TODD-HOOKER was the winner of my piece in the raffle at the Blue Ridge Fiber Show!  Congratulations to Kathe... I hope it will be a piece that she enjoys.  Since I'm in Nebraska I couldn't go to the opening of the BRFS.  I'll see the exhibit soon, however.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Doing the happy dance!

Wall texts at the Bascom, Highlands, NC

Leaf Dance, me and Carol Sauvion, the juror for the exhibit