|This is a detail of a tapestry I have in underway as the New Year begins.|
So... here's a refresher about what this blog is about. It's something I started a few years ago in the hopes that some of the students I've had in classes and others among the tapestry weaving community could have a place to share their learning and teaching adventures.
I've made several posts about tapestry techniques and also with suggestions about yarn choices, finishing methods, and other things. I try to keep a link list to those in the side margin so they're easier to find. I've also noted classes, blogs, websites and other things from several tapestry teachers.
There's lots of information on the web for tapestry. One of the valuable places to start your internet search for tapestry information is at the link list on the American Tapestry Alliance website. There's always room for improvement in anyone's skills and knowledge and much, maybe most, of that improvement comes with experience. I think it's good to see what's out there, try some things that resonate with one's working process--and also explore things that may be unfamiliar.
As far as teaching adventures go, I'll be on one very soon when Bhakti Ziek and I co-teach at Penland School of Crafts for Spring Concentration. Our class is called Weaving: a Dialogue and we hope it will indeed be that for everyone who'll be there with us. The class is full and it seems to be made up of a variety of experience levels--which is just great. Here's the description we provided for the class:
Tommye Scanlin, tapestry weaver, and Bhakti Ziek, jacquard expert, will team teach the Spring 2017 at Penland. The class will focus on image making and story telling in weaving, and will be open to weavers and artists of all types and at any level. Both instructors are former college professors and have extensive knowledge of weaving in all its forms. This is a chance to participate in a studio where advanced weavers as well as novices are encouraged to learn from each other as they explore woven structures for ways to make images. Work will be done on tapestry looms and/or floor looms. Everything (almost!) possible in a "weaverly" way will be explored.Here's to a successful New Year of tapestry to everyone! I hope to be sharing more about my own adventures in tapestry teaching and learning in 2017.