Line Dufour and Ted Hallman
photo credit: Susan Middleton
How delighted I was to get Ted Hallman's call and request to come and visit me at the Toronto Weaving School. It all happened at the last minute with little time to organize anything more formal or a more substantial welcome. The students had no idea that there would be any change of plan for the day when the came for yet another weaving class. All were pleasantly charmed and enthralled by Ted as he talked about his work over his lifetime, showed us his catalogues and his latest video of the latest installation and exhibition. His latest installation you can see here on this YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrNgXsqQtUE
Joe Lewis was invited to help us welcome Ted Hallman to the Toronto Weaving School.
Ted Hallman (right front) signs catalogues to his exhibitions for the students. Behind Judite Vagners. Left from bottom to top, Julia Pelenyi, Lann Smyth, and Marion Kirkwood.
Ted was able to help people see weaving as art when the general consensus, then and still today, considers Fibre art to be a lesser art than painting and sculpture. Weaving as ubiquitous as twill, tabby and satin structures, turn out to be stimulating mind puzzles and visually exciting interlacements, to be viewed like any painted canvas. It was a paradigm shift to think of textiles and weave structures as a media unto itself , like oil paint and canvas to a painter. It resonated with me who always thought of myself as an artist who preferred to express myself with woven structures and fibres of various sorts.
Sunrise Twills part one video - Ted's woven art https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-71dwMpLBJc
Sunrise Twills Part two - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOfykvnuiMk
Here , seated beside me (Line Dufour) Ted helps sew the slits on the Fate, Destiny and Self Determination Project at the Toronto Weaving School.
I also felt that Ted was a kindred spirit on a deeper and more profound level. Though our backgrounds are very different in a concrete and physical sense, on a metaphysical and philosophical level, we walk in the same field. As I ponder Ted's journey, he continues to be someone I still learn so much from. I have never been very good at self promotion, and I admire the gentle, respectful and confident way he puts himself and his work out there and makes things happen for himself, with, I must add, the devotion and support of his loving partner, Michael Barnett. A special thank you to Susan Middleton who took these photographs.
To read more about Ted's journey as a Fibre Artist go to http://craftcouncil.org/magazine/article/natural-born-weaver
More about tapestry:
Visit Rebecca Mezoff's blog to have a good look at the current American Tapestry Alliance Biennial 10 tapestry exhibit in San Diego USA. http://rebeccamezoff.blogspot.ca/2014/05/american-tapestry-biennial-10-san-diego.html