The Community Threads tapestries are still going strong and is ongoing due to a steady and dedicated group of weavers from the Nottawasaga Handweavers and Spinners Guild. Linda Needles, the president of the Guild, updated me this week. Weaving the image for the Gibson Trucks proved to me more challenging than anyone would have thought and they kept undoing what they wove because they were not satisfied with the results. When I was visiting last week, Jackie mentioned to me also that those involved in the process are becoming more and more confident in making aesthetic changes, both technically and artistically. They are all begining to trust their artistic instincts and evolving their capacities.
On Canada Day, the Nottawasaga Guild was out strutting their stuff and they brought their completed tapestry banners (even though the finishing isn't completed) to show the public. Linda wrote:
"(July 1st).... 3 of the completed tapestries celebrated their first Canada Day by going outside for the day. They joined the Nottawasaga Handweavers and Spinners Guild at their demonstration of spinning and weaving at the community celebration held in Riverdale Park. It was a busy day with hundreds of people “oohing and “ahing” at the handiwork. Even Mayor Mike MacEachern came by to see our progress and was amazed at how they looked. " Mr. MacEachern had also attended our official opening for our Community Threads project. This weeks marks our first year anniversary and the project has greatly exceeded my expectations and I know it's only going to continue to do so.
Lastly, I am glad to announce that I have been asked by the American Tapestry Alliance Education program to be a mentor. I continue to have new tapestry students even over the course of the summer.
Creation is a response; it is not something you have to make. You only deliver colors and shapes that the great postman of creation entrusts you to carry. No need to struggle and guess where to take them and how. They come with their package fully addressed.
Our moments of vision (insight, inspiration) are usually unpredictable....Kenneth Clark
Feeling is the power that drives art. There doesn't seem to be a more understandable word for it.... David Milne
For the last several years I have been participating in numerous art and craft shows as well as exhibits. I am a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and from the University of Toronto Faculty of Education. I presently teach weaving with the Toronto Disctrict School Board in their Continuing Education department. To know more about me or what I do, go to www.tapestryline.com.