Monday, July 22, 2013

57 shapes have arrived so far

57 shapes have arrived so far from all over the world for the international tapestry project, Fate, Destiny and Self Determination. Have you sent yours? So far I have received shapes from
Antje Goldflam, CT, USA  
Anton Venstra, Australia                                              
Bernard Ossant, France                                                 
Christine Pradel-Lien, France                                      
Chung-Ja Jackson, Ontario, Canada                          
Dorothy Clews, Australia                                              
Elaine Duncan, BC, Canada                                           
Francois Seguin, Ontario, Canada                              
Ixchel Suarez, Ontario, Canada                                                  
Janet Austin, Rhode Island, USA                                               
Judite Vagners, Ontario, Canada                                               
Judy Dominic, Ohio USA                                                                
Judy Kogan, Argentina                                                   
Karen Piegorsch, Arizono, USA                                  
Kate Kitchen, Ontario Canada                                    
Katia Wittock, Belgium                                                   
Katie Russell, Scotland                                                   
Kirsten Glasbrook, UK                                                    
Liv Pedersen, Alberta, Canada                                   
Louise Lemieux Berube, Quebec , Canada            
Mai Liis Toomes, Ontario, Canada                             
Mary Lane, Washington, USA                                     
Maximo Laura, Peru                                                       
Melanie Siegel, Ontario, Canada                                               
Merna Strauch, California, USA                                  
Michael F. Rohde, California, USA                             
Myrna Lindstrom, BC, Canada                                    
Pat Scholz, Australia,                                                      
Sharon Smith, Ohio, USA                                              
Sofia Verna, Umbria, Italy                                                          
Stella Tang, Ontario Canada                                         
Stephanie Cantoni, West Australia                           
Susan Middleton, Ontario, Canada                           
Therese Jarry, Blaison, France                                    
Tricia Goldberg, California, USA                                                 

Janet Austin from Rhode Island USA. 
Tommye Scanlin is teaching at the very reputable Penland School of Craft where she will be offering participants the chance to weave some shapes for the international tapestry project, Fate, Destiny and Self Determination. She also has a post about a Fireside tapestry loom for sale: A few summers ago, Tommye studied tapestry weaving at West Dean in Chichester, England. 

Myrna Lindstrom, British Columbia, Canada. 
The American Tapestry Alliance invites all tapestry artists to submit works to American Tapestry Biennial 10.  Entry to ATB 10 is open to all tapestry artists who design and weave their own tapestries (defined as “hand-woven, weft-faced fabric with discontinuous wefts”), either individually or collaboratively (all assistants shall be named). Multimedia work will be considered as long as the primary medium is tapestry. Entries must be one-of-a-kind and have been completed after January 2010. Entries may not have been shown previously in any ATA exhibition, including the Unjuried Small Format show. Artists may submit up to three pieces, but a maximum of one piece per artist will be accepted
Chung-Ja Jackson, Ontario Canada
 Chung-Ja Jackson from the Burlington Handweavers and Spinners, Burlington, Ontario Canada. See her tapestry work featured here: She also did the shape below. 

A really great write up about the different ways we weave tapestries by Rebecca Mezoff:

Remember way back in the spring I found this photocopy stuck in the photocopy machine? Clare Coyle tracked down the book it was in:
10:06am May 24
The full title is "Master Weavers -Tapestry from the Dovecot Studios 1912 - 1980. The image is I'd the first tapestry they wove in 1912. It's not available on Amazon uk but just been on the US site and it seems to be available 2nd hand I think from around $15 dollars or so which seems a bargain! I'll post o photo of the page in the catalogue it is from as there is an actual photo of the man they used as a model - it states " James Roddick, the night watchman modelling for a figure in Lord of the Hunt". He doesn't look a very happy chappy! Lol. Published by Canongate press in Edinburgh around 1980, so no ISBN no.

Friday, July 12, 2013

New Connections, New Directions, New Frienships

Susan Middleton lives in Toronto, Ontario Canada and has been a great help with the international tapestry project, Fate, Destiny and Self Determination. Recently she wrote to share with me what she had been working on. The above piece is a pomegranate. I`ve written about the pomegranate before because I had been invited to give a presentation of my work to the Pomegranate Guild and I became curious as to why they choose that name for their guild. I did a little research and discovered the iconography and meaning of the pomegranate over time and with different cultures. More recently, I`ve been seeing a lot of pomegranates in the figured textiles of the 15th to 19th century and which still continue to be produced by establishments such as the Fondazione Arte della Seta Lisio, in Florence Italy, where I recently took a one week course in Jacquard weaving. 
Susan was also inspired by a mini workshop we had in January by guest instructor, Ixchel Suarez, as well as a hand spun sampling of yarn by spinner Elizabeth Evans at the Etobicoke Guild of Spinners and Weavers and this piece is a result of that inspiration. 
This is a larger tapestry that Susan is weaving on her recently acquired Shannock Loom. 
Recently Deann Rubin from St Louis Missouri USA visited Toronto and wanted to meet up with tapestry weavers here. Unfortunately I was out of the country during her visit but she wrote: 
I just spent a wonderful time in Toronto for my husband's barbershop international competition and related events.
I am a ..... tapestry artist, amember of ATA. While I was there in your great city, I meet Susan Middleton, Ixchel Suarez and Juana Sleizer. It was great to get to meet all of them and talk tapestry. There is hardly anyone in the St. Louis area weaving or interested in handwoven tapestry to talk to.

I would have loved to meet you and see the Toronto Weaving School. I understand you were not in Toronto while I was there (July 2-6).

Alittle about my tapestry background - I took two semesters of weaving in college (no tapestry or wall hangings taught then), apprenticed to Muriel Nezhnie Helfman, (Holocust tapestries) for a year and a half, Editor of ITNET (International Tapestry Network) Journal for two years, was past President of Tapestry Weavers West, was a member of Twine, an East Coast tapestry group.

Belinda Rosee is from Australia. A few months ago she signed up to do the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners Home Study Certificate. She was enquiring about the the Tapestry Unit which I prepared and presently mentor and assist anyone attempting to do it.  She wrote:
Hi Line,
In order to celebrate Canberra's 100th birthday in 2013 the ANU is currently making a woven tapestry to celebrate Canberra.  I popped in last month of have a look at it, and was so very lucky to be asked if I wanted to finish off a mountain top and part of a ridge line. So my DNA is now part of the Centenary Community Tapestry. 

Thérèse  Jarry already sent in a beautiful shape and I have already posted it on the blog and Facebook: She wrote about why she made the choice to be a tapestry weaver: 
Bonjour Line,
 Pour ma part, je pense que le désir de tisser m'est venu du fait que lorsque j'étais enfant lorsque nous allions au salon nous étions assis dans des fauteuils recouverts de tapisserie et nous n'avions pas le droit de bouger ou de nous exprimer . Aussi avec mes doigts je suivais les dessins de la tapisserie  de mon siège et je m'évadais en rève .....:
Amicalement . Thérèse 
(Personally, I think that the desire to weave came when I was a child when we would sit in the living room on couches that were covered in tapestry woven fabrics and we weren't allowed to move or to express ourselves. Also, with my fingers, (as I sat there silently) I would trace the images in the tapestry that were beside where I sat and I would escape into a dream......) 

Debbie Herd's blog and comments about the Archie Brennan and Susan Maffei instructional dvd's on tapestry:

The American Tapestry Alliance
is pleased to announce the opening of
Small Tapestry International 3: Outside the Line
an international exhibition juried by Hesse McGraw

June 13 – August 3, 2013
The Handforth Gallery
1102 Tacoma Ave S. Tacoma, WA 98402 
Reception: Saturday June 29, 2:00-4:00pm
Lecture: 2:30pm, Shelley Socolofsky
September 27 – December 1, 2013
Troy-Hayner Cultural Arts Center
301 West Main Street Troy, Ohio 45373  
(937) 339-0457
Reception: Friday, September 27, 2013, 6:00-7:30p

Until the next time

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos

Look carefully at the shapes and notice that the name of the each of the fates are visible
Hi Line
The theme of your project really intrigued me!  So far the result is the three fates: Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos.  
In Greek mythology Clotho, the youngest is the spinner who determines the time of birth and spins the thread of life on her distaff.  Lachesis measures the length of the thread to determine the length of life.  Atropos cuts the thread to determine the time of death.
They will be on their way to you soon.
Following 3 photos were submitted by Kirsten Glasbrook. 
I am planning to continue developing and working with this theme in my next large piece of work - interesting how one thing leads to another!

Kirsten has written a book  Tapestry Weaving .  She  is also  an accomplished tapestry weaver and you can see more of Kirsten's work on her website by clicking on the link: