Marcel Marois's splendid tapestry in downtown Toronto
This summer my uncle who is also my godfather came to visit for awhile. He is an artist and was an art teacher and he took tapestry weaving classes many years ago with Marcel Marois in Quebec. When my uncle came I took him to downtown Toronto and we went strolling through some of the major bank head offices where many tapestries by well know tapestry artists hang and here one Marcel Marois. Of course, a picture doesn't do it any justice and its well worth a walk in downtown Toronto to see all the tapestries that are there in full public view. I'll feature a few more that are found there on my upcoming blogs.
The Community Threads tapestries continue to be woven and the latest one to be completed is the stunning one that has just come off the loom. Sandi Nemenyi, President of the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners and also a guild member at the Nottawasaga Handweavers and Spinners, designed and wove the entire tapestry banner, which depicts various scenes/views found in and at the Gibson Centre in Alliston Ontario.
Istvan, Sandi's husband, was persuaded to join the group and try his hand at tapestry weaving. I think we'd welcome more men weaving alongside us for sure!
Elisabeth Bishof has been weaving tirelessly and steadly and comleted the third frame of this tapestry banner depicting tobacco fields and huts in the area. She worked from a very small image.
Lastly, we have the opportunity to order tapestry yarn from the Australian Tapestry Workshop as a group. If you are interested please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Line Dufour has had numerous exhibitions including in the USA, Canada, and China. Her work can be found in many collections which include several commissions. Numerous publications have spotlighted her tapestries including Barty Phillips book Tapestry, published by Phaidon Press which placed her in the Contemporary Masters Chapter. Dufour’s recent international tapestry installation, Fate, Destiny and Self Determination has been featured in Fiber Art Now, HandEye magazine, Fibre Focus, American Tapestry Alliance, fibreQuarterly, the Danish textile art publication, Rapporter and the British Tapestry Group publications authored by Emma Jo Webster and Aruna Reddy. This installation has been exhibited in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver in Canada, in Denver Colorado and San Jose California USA and has numerous exhibitions booked for 2017, 2018 and 2019, including at the World Textile Art event in Montevideo, Uruguay and the Tuch + Technik Textilmuseum Neumünster Germany.