Last year I participated in a non-juried show in Canberra, Australia, in conjunction with the Tapestry 2008 Conference, hosted by the Textiles Department of the Australian National University School of Art. The exhibit title was LAND, and the tapestries had to be exactly 10 cm (4 in) high and could be however wide you wanted. I was tempted to weave something really really wide; that would have been fun.
I looked through some aerial photos I had taken from my husband's small plane, on a short flight to Cape Cod, and finally decided to go with an image of a cranberry bog.
I figured it would be a bit different.
I love these images; they were taken in late winter, and the cranberry plants were a very vivid red, but in the image on the right, one of the sections of the bog was full of water so it was bright blue, reflecting the sky that day. It got me wondering, so I looked it up and learned that during harvest time, the bogs are filled with water so that the berries will float. The blue section must have been the reservoir.
I wove this tapestry sideways, with the warp at about 12 ends per inch. It was a challenge to weave all those tiny trees, but after a while I got the hang of it, and it got easier. The very thin vertical lines were a pain, but I used my own special interlock method and it seems to have worked out OK.
So my tapestry travelled all the way to Australia, and then came back to me.
The exhibition is now available online on the American Tapestry Alliance's website, with images of all the tapestries, and essays by curator Valerie Kirk and juror Wendy Teakel.