Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Oops, Bad Blogger!

It's embarassing to see that the last post was almost a year ago!!! Clearly I am no longer a dedicated blogger. Times have changed. Facebook is easier.  I use a phone and iPad more now, and my computer much less. (I do NOT want to struggle with Blogger on a small screen, it's enough of a hassle on the computer!

After the last post, I was traveling most of the time for 4 months. Being away from the studio is limiting, I can't take my big tapestry loom with me, so the tapestry I started way back when is just a border so far. Sigh.

I made some small tapestries on travel looms. First I worked on wedge weave, which I learned in a workshop with Connie Lippert last year. I really enjoy it. I don't plan these, they just kind of happen. That's a different way of working for me. If you don't know, wedge weave is woven on the diagonal instead of horizontally. It required a different way of thinking. Above  is "Wind on the Water," my favorite wedge weave so far.

Later, I wove 2 very small tapestries on my Hokett loom, based on photos I took at the Valere Basilica in Sion, Valais, Switzerland. One is a detail of this lovely stone roofed house. The Hokett looms fit easily in my suitcase.

Coming home just before Thanksgiving, it took me a while to get back into the studio. One distraction was the enormous (93 year old, I counted the rings) oak tree that had fallen on both of our cars while we were away.

In March, we lost 8 trees in a nor'easter, and are still waiting for the yard to be repaired, sigh.

I promise to post again before next year. There is news on the tapestry diary front.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Time Warp...and Weft

From June 15 - July 29 at the Lyndon House Arts Center in Athens, GA.

[NOTE: click on photos to see them larger]

Tommye Scanlin, 2015 and 2016 Tapestry Diaries
The theme of this exhibit is artists who weave about time. This is the second venue of the show, and we have added work by Rebecca Mezoff this time.

The first was the NOTO Arts Center in Topeka, KS, November 2016, and featured the work of Tommye Scanlin, Janette Meetze, Kathy Spoering, Geri Forkner and me, Janet Austin.

I was lucky enough to attend both opening receptions.

Tommye Scanlin (GA) was the first of us to weave a tapestry diary, and she inspired me to start. Tommye also gets the credit for proposing this exhibit, helping to organize it, and for writing an article about it for the summer 2017 issue of Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot. You can read Tommye's blog post about the opening reception on her blog.

Janette Meetze (OK) exhibited her beautiful 2014 tapestry diary, Red Dirt Days, in the American Tapestry Biennial 11, an international juried exhibition. People are really interested in this idea. You can read about her work on her blog.
Janette Meetze - Red Dirt Days
Kathy Spoering (CO) wove her Calendar Series, 12 tapestries that each represent one month of the year, over a period of 8 years. It was awesome to see them all hanging together. Kathy also made the Topeka exhibit possible. You can read about that on her blog.
Kathy Spoering - Calendar Series
Rebecca Mezoff - Petrified Forest Tapestry Diary
Rebecca Mezoff (CO) spent the month of November 2016 as the artist-in-residence at Petrified Forest National Park, and wove a small, 2x2" tapestry every day.

Later, she put together a book of photos that shows each tapestry with its inspiration. You can read about it (and buy a copy if you want!) on her blog.

Geri Forkner (TN) has been making her daily weavings since 2005. They are all made from things that come into her life (often on her many walks), and she has a rule against buying things for the weavings.

When you see them hanging in the gallery they create a space, and as people walk through, disturbing the air, the weavings sway as if they are alive. You can read more about this work here.

Geri Forkner - Daily Weavings
Oh yeah, Janet Austin (RI) has been weaving tapestry diaries since 2010. It's a daily practice that gets me into the studio, it's an exercise that warms up my weaving muscles, it's a meditation and a path to creativity. You can read more about it here, and follow the links to earlier tapestry diary posts.

Janet Austin - 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 Tapestry Diaries

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Tapestry Diaries Going on the Road

NOTO Arts Center, Topeka, KS, will host "Time Warp...and Weft," in November and December 2016 .

The opening reception is on Friday, November 4th, the same night as American Tapestry Biennial 11, at the Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University, also in Topeka.

[LEFT: 2015 Tapestry Diary, 45 x 12"]

The exhibit will include tapestry diaries and other works that relate to time, by Tommye Scanlin, Kathy Spoering, Janette Meetze, Geri Forkner and Janet Austin.

For more about my tapestry diaries, here is a blog post that describes what they are about. It also has links to earlier posts.

There are 2 posts about the 2015 diary here and here. I'm embarassed to admit that there are NO posts yet about the 2016 diary, though it is already mid-October. Bad Bad Blogger!!!!

I shipped 3 boxes, with 11 pieces last week. Some of them have never left the studio before, so it's very exciting. 

I will be attending the opening reception and hope to see lots of old and new friends there.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Happy Holidays to All

Long ago, before we were all photoshopping like mad, I had an idea for how to send out "Handwoven Tapestry" holiday cards to 80 people, without weaving 80 tapestries or even paying for 80 prints.

You can read about my Tapestry Holiday Cards in an older post on this blog. Just click the link.

A few days ago, I took the time to visit the Newport Art Museum. This is where my "large" tapestry, "Chaos: After the Storm" has been residing since late August, in the Art League of Rhode Island Members Exhibit. At the opening reception, in September, it was so mobbed that I only got to see half the show, and none of it from a distance. (NOTE: you can click on any photo to see it bigger)

Here is my "large" tapestry (21x33," not so big, but large for me), looking rather small and insignificant hanging on a VERY large wall, among larger works of art. (Second from right, on the bottom) Oh well, it will look enormous hanging in my studio next to its much smaller siblings. Here it is all by itself.
The 2015 Tapestry Diary, is almost done! I will post the complete diary once it's cut off the loom, sometime in January. Meanwhile, here are some tidbits: On TOP is December (Chagall) and a bit of November (Rothko) MIDDLE is October (Jawlensky) and BELOW is September (Johns) and a bit of August (Klee)

Enjoy your holidays, and I'll see you next year, in 2016

Friday, September 18, 2015

Still Here, Still Weaving

Sorry for being such a lazy blogger......these days it seems easier to just post a few photos on facebook with my iPad mini, instead of firing up the laptop. How times have changed....

The big news is that the BIG tapestry (big for me, 21x33") is finally finished, after languishing on my Glimakra loom for over 3 years!!! The title is "Chaos: After the Storm." I got it done just in time for the Art League of RI Members' Exhibition at the Newport Art Museum. The dates are September 5, 2015 - January 3, 2016, and the reception will be Friday, September 25, 5-7pm.

I hate to spoil the surprise, so until after the exhibit opens, I will only share details, not the entire tapestry.

Meanwhile, my small tapestry "Forest Through the Trees" has traveled to Australia, as it was a finalist for the Kate Derum Award for Small Tapestries. I am so honored to be chosen for this exhibit, which "was created in honor of the former Deputy Director of the Australian Tapestry Workshop, who passed away in 2008. She was a wonderful role model and leader, and influenced the lives of many young artists." (And some old ones too)

You can see the fabulous winning tapestry by New Zealand artist Marilyn Rea-Menzies here, and if you scroll down there is a downloadable pdf. catalog.

My small tree tapestry, "Anticipation," is traveling with the American Tapestry Alliance's Small Tapestry International 4: Honoring Tradition, Inspiring Innovation.

STI4 opened first at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA; the second venue is the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover DE, October 2-Nov 22, and the third venue will be Artspace in Raleigh, NC, from January 16-March 5, 2016. Details on the ATA website. That's a long time for a little tapestry to be away from home.....

I just got back from my annual vacation on Cape Cod, and as usual the sunsets were amazing. I came home full of ideas for new work and resolutions for improving myself (haha). Much more than January 1, September feels like the real new year.