Situated in the “Old Art’s District” of downtown
, is a treasure of an art
gallery called “Galeria Tkacka ‘Na Jatkach’” (Gallery of weaving "Na
Jatkach"). The gallery is one of the hidden gems of cultural attractions
in Wroclaw, Poland , and
it is burrowed within a historic 13th century alleyway constructed
on medieval foundations. Some elements from the 13th century are
still visible on the south side of the Stare Jatki street. Today this attractive
alleyway is home to several artists’ galleries and studios; it is hard to
imagine that in past times it was a meat market, full of wooden stalls stuffed with
butchered animals. Wroclaw
Gallery "Na Jatkach" is classified as the only gallery in
and possibly in Europe that is promoting
primarily the art of weaving. It is a place where international artists
meet and exhibit their tapestries and woven art. This gallery was established in 1978
together with the weaver's group called "10 x TAK" (“10 x YES”). At the newly founded gallery, the weaver’s
group boasted a permanent place to exhibit and show the talent of its members.
Polish weaver Ewa Poradowska - Werszler was the
initiator of 10 X TAK and has been an incredible advocate for keeping tapestry
Ewa Poradowska - Werszler in her gallery
Today, forty years after founding Galeria Tkacka ‘Na Jatkach’, she remains the owner of the gallery, and she continues to promote weaving and fiber art with all her heart. Ewa, an internationally recognised fiber art artist and recipient of many art awards, is a dedicated, energetic coordinator and curator of numerous art exhibits and international tapestry symposiums.
Ewa Poradowska-Werszel is also a professor in the
Art Department at the University
of Poznan and lecturer at universities
of Wroclaw and . She is also regularly providing
courses and workshops of weaving in the Galeria Tkacka ‘Na Jatkach’. Kalisz
Inside gallery exhibit - tapestries of Bartosz Burgielski
The year-round fibre art shows presented in the gallery are truly a feast for the soul, but besides the visual wonders, visitors may purchase beautiful yarn and weaving supplies, or even little fiber art souvenirs for a very affordable price.
Article and Photo Credits: Krystyna Sadej 2014I am organizing a group to take a workshop with Sarah Swett whose work you can see on the American Tapestry Alliance website. This probably won't occur until 2016. If you are interested please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EXHIBITIONSIf you didn't get a chance to see Fate, Destiny and Self Determination tapestry installation at the Montreal Centre for Contemporary Textiles below are the links. Previous ones did not work.
Susan Martin Maffei
March 5th to March 26th
Tapestries by Susan Martin Maffei
At the Intimate Multi-Cultural Gallery at
The International House of Rhode Island
8 Stimson Avenue
Opening reception March 5th from 5:30 to 7PM
hours: Monday to Friday 10 to 4.
MORE ABOUT TAPESTRY WEAVING AND OTHER FIBRE ART RELATED TO WEAVING
Erin Lewis will be giving a talk on Fibre Optics in weaving and her work at the Burlington Weavers and Spinners. Monday Mar 2 2015 7pm-10.
Susan Middleton, tapestry weaver, will be giving a talk/presentation on her work at the Toronto Weavers and Spinners at Riverdale Park 7:30 pm.
I (Line Dufour) will be giving a talk on the direction of my work at the Etobicoke Guild of Weavers and Spinners at Nielson Park April 7 2015 at 7pm.