Final Project, Part One
I’ve completed Part One of Rebecca Mezoff’s Tapestry Course, and couldn’t be more pleased. The course is well-written, and Rebecca is a wonderful teacher. She responds to all questions so quickly, and her answers are very thorough. The video/PDF combo makes all the techniques very clear.
Sampler, Part One
I find weaving so relaxing, even meditative, and designing the final project was great fun! I’m happy with the finished tapestry, despite its mistakes, and ready to warp the loom for Part Two!
I went to La Grange, TX last week to visit my dad:
(a man who knows how to enjoy a cookie!)
I brought him Rose‘s Chocolate Chip cookies, as he was cheated out of his birthday cookies. Can you see any of the cookie under the ice cream and syrup? No? They were good, and I especially liked her use of browned butter, a technique I plan to steal for my own chocolate chip cookies!
I had a wonderful visit with my dad, had lunch with one of my favorite people, went to Yarnorama (spoiled thing that I am, wait ’til you see what I was gifted there from my generous father! But that’s another post), and even found some weaving time:
Since my return, there’s been some other baking:
Triple Layer Brownies
Rose calls these “the perfect expression of chocolate.” Well, I’m not so sure about that claim, but these dense brownies with nuts (pecans instead of walnuts for mine), topped with white chocolate buttercream and finished with a dark chocolate ganache were very, very good. My apologies for the awful picture.
And for anyone who was concerned about my son having one cold foot:
The ATA (American Tapestry Alliance) released their biennial publication, CODA recently. This one is available to everyone, not just members, and featured one of my favorite tapestry artists, Jilly Edwards. I first saw her work in issue #246 (Jan/Feb 2014) of Crafts magazine (article here), including some of this series:
Ms. Edwards wrote a fascinating piece about preparing a show for gallery display and how she creates:
My “work has an element of the landscape, whether I am walking to the corner shop, or on the beach, or travelling through unfamiliar countryside, by train. However, it’s not about the landscape, it’s about my feelings, thoughts, memories that the sights, words, and sounds evoke in me.”*
Well worth a read, and a visit to her website for a closer look at her work!
*Jilly Edwards from CODA: A Biennial Celebration of Tapestry Art Today 2015. p. 23. Dorothy Clews, editor.
I’ve been reading The Art of Abstract Painting, by Rolina van Vliet. It’s an interesting book, and guides you through a few different ways of taking an image as a starting point and working it in the abstract. It seems like an interesting technique to use for designing tapestries. (Just in time for the class!)
I started with this watercolor:
Quick sketch of basic shapes
Watercolor & ink, primary colors
Ink sketch, less details
Mostly monochromatic watercolor
Moving the shapes around
None of the quick studies I did are anything I particularly like, which is fine, as that isn’t the point. Rather, it’s the difference between the last image, and the original watercolor, the way there seems to be almost no connection between them, that really interests me:
Pastels, softening the shapes
The latest issue of Through Our Hands magazine has an interesting review of an exhibit at the Birmingham Museum and Art gallery, Love Is Enough. Artist Jeremy Deller, a Turner Prize winner, has put together an unlikely combo, William Morris and Andy Warhol.
Cover of the Socialist League’s manifesto of 1885 featuring art by Morris
I was unaware that Warhol did tapestries (did everyone else know that?), you can see the tapestry version of his famous Monroe here.
Too bad it’s so far away, I would love to see the Holy Grail Tapestries in person!
Do check out the issue, it’s free and has quite a few articles worth reading!
The first scarf is off the loom, blocked, fringe trimmed and ready to wear. I’m really very pleased with this one!
It has a lovely drape and is incredibly soft.
I love the way the 3-1 twill creates such distinctive sides:
Front and back, post blocking
Best compliment, from Son #4, “You could wear this and people would ask where you bought it.” High praise, indeed!
Details: on loom- 13 1/4″ x 73″, 9.8 PPI
Off loom- 13 3/4″ x 68″
Post blocking- 13″ x 65″, 12 PPI
So, on to the rest of the warp, choosing a different weft and perhaps a 2-2 twill this time?