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.


Debbie said...

Congratulations I love the Forest Through the Trees piece, can't think why it didn't win. And yes I did look at the winning entry.

Jan said...

Thanks so much for your vote of confidence Debbie! I certainly didn't expect to win, so was not at all disappointed. I was thrilled to be a finalist, and thrilled that Marilyn's tapestry won, because she is (in my opinion) one of the most accomplished and hard working tapestry artists around.

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