Sunday, July 22, 2012

First day of the ATA retreat at Chapman University

I'm taking the workshop session that Jean Pierre Larochette and Yael Lurie are presenting at this retreat. In the photo above he's demonstrating a technique on one of the student's looms.

He's working with another of the students as we all fought our way through demi-duite, working from the back of the tapestry. Here's his sketch of the process on the white board:

I've also drawn the steps in my notebook and woven several inches using this method. Quite an interesting effect and does indeed move along more efficiently from the back side of the tapestry. I've worked mostly from the front in my tapestry making for quite a number of years now and turning around to the back has a bit of potential for causing my brain to explode... but I'm working through the challenge. I know having a refresher with a master weaver about working in this way will be good for my tapestry skills.
Yadin Larochette, Jean Pierre and Yael's daughter, gave an informative presentation this afternoon about tapestry conservation. She's quite an expert tapestry weaver and does tapestry and other textile conservation at her lab, Larochette Textile Conservation, in Culver City, California.

The other workshop session is being led by Archie Brennan... photos from his class tomorrow, maybe!
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