Friday, April 5, 2013

Trees in the Snow

I finally finished this small tapestry of trees in the snow.  I wove it with very thin weft, and didn't realize what I was doing until it was too late to change.
So it took way longer than necessary, and I was kind of discouraged along the way.  I was inspired by the trees in Goddard Park, in February 2011, when we had a lot of snow.

The black trees sillhoutted against the white snow made such interesting patterns.   I took a ton of photos and did some drawings from the photos.

Then I made photocopies to enlarge the drawings for tapestry cartoons.   I haven't figured out a good title for these tapestries, or for the series...."Trees" just seems too dull.

I called the first one "Tree Study."   It was finished about a year ago, and went to  Long Beach, for the Pacific Portals exhibit.

I have been taking tree pictures ever since, and hope to weave more of them
 I applied some kind of photoshop filter to this one. I kind of like it.


Tommye McClure Scanlin said...

I've been drawing and weaving trees for some time, too. I think of them as "old souls" and am always saddened when a tree's life comes to an end. There's a wonderful book by George Nakashima (sp?) called "The Soul of a Tree" and I so much appreciated the way he honored the trees that he worked with in his beautiful pieces.
These tapestries you've shown are just magical!

Unknown said...

Hi Jan, I've drawn and painted many trees and now have woven a couple. I have been fascinated with them since I was very young and would make up games and stories about the ones in our yard.

Your trees are wonderfully mysterious.