Thursday, April 10, 2014

Divine Intervention and Destiny

Divine Intervention, 3' x 7'
I am happy to share with you that my tapestry, Divine Intervention, has been accepted into an exhibition entitled The Art is the Cloth, a traveling exhibition of contemporary hand-woven tapestry. The exhibition is hosted by the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Other venues have not been announced. A catalog will be published. The exhibition will take place  October 3 - November 5 2014.  The jurors were Andrew Lucas, who earned his BFA the New Hampshire Institute of Art and his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He is an adjunct professor of photography and has managed the galleries at the New Hampshire Institute of Art; Patrick McCay, is Senior Faculty Fellow and chair of the Painting/FineArts Department after serving for 8 years as academic dean. His education includes degrees  from the Glasgow School of Art, the University of Notre Dame and St Andrews University. He has exhibited his paintings in Europe, Australia and the US. Micala Sidore, BA, MFA, from Goddard College, received her tapestry training at the Manufacture National des Gobelins during the 1980s. She has exhibited her tapestries in the US, Europe and Australia, written more than 30 articles, and has given innumerable talks and workshops.  

The tapestry is a sculptural piece that is able to fold and fit in the corner as shown here, or hang vertically or horizontally, at the whim of the curator or artist. The piece and how it hangs is a metaphor for the theme of
divine intervention, referring to some unseen force that changes the natural course of one's life and path  to set you on another direction in order to  fulfills one's destiny.

Reflecting upon my life, I am able to clearly discern how the hand of some greater power has intervened on my behalf, to re-shape me, to guide or call  me to where I must be,  to where I must go, to what I must create. My own deep sense of connection with my spirituality is a vital source for my creativity, coming from somewhere that I cannot fully comprehend.

co created by 200 people all over the world. 
Dianne Cruttenden Kennedy from Manitoulin Island
We have now received 179 shapes from 20 different countries. I have submitted three exhibition proposals for the project: one to the Ontario Craft Council, another to the World of Threads festival and another to the PanAm Games 2015 York Region. If anyone has any other suggestions as to where they think it should be exhibited I am open to suggestions.
Lidwine Harpaz-Uleintjes, Israel

weaving in the threads at the back of one of the panels of the project

Weaving in the warp threads of the tapestry.

There is still more finishing to do on the last panel. Your help is greatly appreciated.
Carla Duncan at the front and Bambi Rutledge on the left , helped with some finishing last week.

Meet Debbie Harris, who has been VERRRRRY patiently weaving her Navajo rug in near perfection for the last four years! 


And I am very excited to have some new and enthusiastic tapestry weavers.....Ana Botelho, Rebecca Stevens, and Sheila Hewlett. They got interested in tapestry weaving through Instagram and finding inspiration with a woman weaving tapestries in New York (sorry...don't remember her name!) I was told that the 70s is back...(ok ....some of it was good!). It got me thinking about people who had inspired my tapestry weaving when I was there age....Mariette Rousseau (taught at the Banff School of Fine Art), Micheline Beauchemin, and Helena Hearnmark. Today...there are many more I find very inspiring indeed...oh so many with so much talent and skill. 

The deadline for the American Tapestry Alliance's International Student Award is coming up. April 15, 2014. Read more about it on the website and help us spread the word!

UNTITLED/UNJURIED: Small Format Tapestry 2014. The Unjuried Small Format Tapestry Show featuring tapestries from around the world will be hosted by the University of Rhode Island Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery, 80 Washington St, Providence, RI 02904.

The show runs from July 8 – August 8, 2014. Join us for the opening reception, Thursday, July 17th from 5:00 – 9:00pm. The opening reception will be ATA's Networking event during 2014


March 21 to April 27, 2014 - TAPESTRYFIVE - LaDonna Mayer's Studio, 17 Gallery@ 835 W. San Mateo, Santa Fe, NM (; March 21 – April 27, 2014. Days open: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday - 12 pm - 4 pm.

American Tapestry Alliance ATB 10, Visions Art Museum; San Diego, California; May 2 - July 20, 2014; Opening reception: May 10, 2013

Small Tapestry International 4: Honoring Tradition, Inspiring Innovation; June 8 – August 15, 2015; Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana;

The place of tapestry in museums today:

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