Saturday, May 30, 2015

May Marches On

Yes, May* is almost done.  And so is my tapestry diary for the month.  I've almost completed the last of the ginkgo leaves, my May month theme.  Here's where I got to today:

Here's the way the back of my year looks, so far:

Lots of loose ends.  Kind of like life, isn't it?  Well, I guess that's not really an accurate way to say it since none of these ends are really loose.  All are hitched into place along with the rest of the tapestry.  So how does this apply to life now?  Loose ends may really be connected to the whole of one's life.  Just maybe needing to be tidied up occasionally.

Some of the loose ends in my life right now are finishing preparations for my upcoming class at Arrowmont (less than a month away!) and continuing weaving on the bloodroot tapestry (not yet at the half-way point!)

I had a bit of good news the other day when I got an email to say that one of my submissions for Materialities: Contemporary Textile Arts has been accepted for the catalog.  There will be an exhibit from some of the works from the catalog.  I haven't yet heard if my tapestry will be among those.

It's a beautiful day here in north Georgia, at least this morning.  Farmers Market today in town and I'm off to see what's there!

*May was the month when I first began this daily journey.  May of 2008.  I tried it for a month and wasn't sure I'd have the stamina to complete it!  I did and began my first full year effort in 2009.  Now here I am, almost half-way into the seventh year of this daily adventure.  A habit of making.  A loose end of my life that I feel compelled to tie up every day.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Tapestries in upcoming exhibits

This last couple of years have been busy ones for several of my tapestries.  I've been fortunate to have had my work in seven exhibits in 2014 and 2015... a record number of shows within a year for my tapestries to be included within, I do believe.  I mentioned three of those in a previous post.

Three more that will be showing throughout the summer are:

Velocity of Textiles, 2015 Biennial of Textiles juried exhibit sponsored by Chattahoochee Handweaver's Guild, Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.  May 14-July 31, 2015.

Continuous Threads:  200 Years of Georgia Textiles, Gwinnette Environmental & Heritage Center, Buford, GA.  June 15-August 30, 2015.

Arrowmont School of Crafts 2015 Instructors Exhibit, Gatlinburg, TN.  May 18-August 22, 2015.

A fourth exhibit is one that the Southern Highland Craft Guild puts together annually for the offices of the Appalachian Regional Commission in Washington, DC. 

I'm looking forward to seeing all of the works in the exhibits (except I won't make it to the ARC in DC, most likely!).  And quite pleased that my tapestries will be among those of other artists being shown.

Friday, May 15, 2015

I'm still around, just very busy...

... and part of what's keeping me busy is working on the bloodroot tapestry.  It's going very slowly but here's where it stands when I left it on Wednesday:

I'm weaving it turned 90˚ to the direction if will hang. Here's the first flower in the final orientation:

I'm about 1/4 of the way into the piece and hope I can finish it in a month or so.  The class I'll be teaching at Arrowmont starts on June 28 and I'll need to stop everything else and begin final prep work for the class shortly.  Next week holds the potential for jury duty and if I'm seated on a jury, I'm sure I won't be working on this tapestry.

That's all I have time to post right now.  I have lots of thoughts about many things that are going on, including a couple of potential exhibits of my work next year and I want to spend time with the blog soon to fill in the details.

Happy weaving and life to one and all!