Thursday, October 23, 2014

Angers France

Bernard Ossant, Angers France

 Bernard Ossant, Angers France
 Bernard Ossant, Angers France
Bernard Ossant, Angers France

Bernard Ossant, Angers France


300 km southwest of Paris, Angers was once the capital of the Anjou region. It's  medieval centre is dominated by the Plantagenêts Château d'Angers, and is considered a world heritage site.  
Bernard Ossant recently sent me five more shapes for the international tapestry installation Fate, Destiny and Self-Determination/le sort, le destin et l'auto-determination. He is from around Angers in France. Angers is a mecca for many tapestry weavers all over the world. If you are in the region visit the Musee Jean Lurcat and the Contemporary Tapestry Gallery connected to it. 
You must also see the Apocolypse Tapestries at the Chateau   d'Angers.


New York, New York!

Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry
The Metropolistan Museum of Art, New York
October 8 2014 - January 11 2015
1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)
New York, NY 10028
Phone: 212-535-7710 
(TTY: 212-650-2921)
"Nineteen extraordinarily large Renaissance tapestries adorn the walls of Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry. These pieces, measuring between twelve and thirty feet in length, weigh an average of one hundred pounds, and they took two weeks to install in the exhibition gallery. During the Renaissance, large tapestries hung from metal hooks and ropes, but today, with an eye toward preserving and protecting these delicate pieces, the Museum's Department of Textile Conservation utilizes a special hanging method that minimizes the risk of damage to the tapestries. The video above captures the process of hanging the Gluttony tapestry (one piece from a seven-piece series depicting the Seven Deadly Sins, designed by Pieter Coecke around 1532–34), now on display in the exhibition...." read more here:
The Cloisters museum and gardens  opened to the public in 1938 and is affiliate with The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Located in northern Manhattan, on a four-acre lot overlooking the Hudson River, the modern museum building inspired by medieval European architecture Here can also be found many reproductions of medieval tapestries. Worth a visit if you are visiting New York. 

From Lausanne to Beijeing fibre art exhibiton:

At the ROM
Islamic Textiles

Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre St, Toronto
From Ashgabat to Istanbul: Oriental Rugs from Canadian Collections

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