Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Photo session for a few tapestries

I just got back from Asheville where I had a couple of tasks to accomplish.  One was to pick up tapestries from the Blue Ridge Fiber Show that had been held at the North Carolina Arboretum until January 6.  The show is always a nice one and I was happy to receive an award this time around!

My other task was to have Tim Barnwell photograph my 2013 and 2014 tapestry diaries.  Asheville is about 3 hours away and when I'm going to be there for any reason at all I've been trying to schedule with Tim so that, bit by bit, I'll have good photos of my tapestries.  Today's session included the landscape that I just cut from the loom a couple of days ago.  Of course, I haven't had time to completely finish the piece (or the tapestry diary pieces, either).   That's where masking tape comes in handy!

Here's the make-shift hemming job, done this morning in the hotel room:

Here's what Tim's camera saw (this is my photo taken with iPhone; his will be much better):

My 2013 tapestry diary piece was a challenge to hang to photograph.  It's 102" long and without hanging device at this point.  A couple of T-pins were holding it up and Tim will blink those out with Photoshop.

Here's my iPhone shot of it while it was hanging.  The colors will be better in Tim's photos.  He also shot a few details of the tapestry.  This was the first time I've seen it hanging up, in fact!  I just don't have a ceiling that high at home or the studio.  I like the play of colors throughout the piece.  The neutral areas are linen and indicate days when I was away from home.  The largest blank came in the summer of 2013 when I was teaching for two and a half weeks at Penland.  Other blanks were from other teaching times and also a residency.  These colors were hand dyed and I also used more of the dyed wefts in 2014.

Again, my photo.  Colors will be more true in the photos Tim made.

I'm hoping to get a new warp on my wider loom this week.  I'll be using 12/6 cotton seine twine for a sett of 10 epi--I'll be tackling blood root next, I believe!   Oh, and I still need to get the ends finished for these poor pieces.  No more masking tape solution.  And about that masking tape?  I took it off the pieces as soon as I got home this afternoon--don't want to leave it on too long and get sticky residue on the tapestries.

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