UPcoming  Workshops

Winter/Spring 2019 Studio Workshops

The Veils of Time  detail 60" x 50" ©2017 Elizabeth J. Buckley

The Veils of Time detail 60" x 50" ©2017 Elizabeth J. Buckley

Values and Shading Techniques in Tapestry

Thursday, May 2 – Sunday, May 5, 2019 9:30 am - 3:30 pm at Elizabeth Buckley’s studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico

An in-depth look at the correlation between values and shading techniques, this workshop will explore how to create gradations using demi-duites (dots), weft-bundle blending, alternate line gradations, hatching and hachures. Whether weaving from the front or the back of the tapestry, the possibilities are endless for creating dynamic tapestries. Students can expect to generate several designs, fine-tune one, make a cartoon and begin weaving a small study. Students need to be familiar with basic tapestry techniques and know how to warp their own loom.

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The Visual Heartbeat: Creating Movement in Tapestry

Pathway  28” x 15” © 2019 Elizabeth J. Buckley

Pathway 28” x 15” © 2019 Elizabeth J. Buckley

Friday, August 2 - Sunday, August 4, 2019 10 am - 4:30 pm

Española Valley Fiber Arts Center
325 Paseo de Oñate
Española, NM 87532


Rhythm is not only integral to the world of music and dance, but also to effective tapestry design. Repetition of motifs in layers helps to create the sense of visual movement as well as three-dimensions. The act of weaving in itself is filled with rhythmic gestures.  In this workshop, we will explore different approaches to visual rhythm through the use of:  repetition, progressions, gradations, and contrast in shape, line, value and color. We will look at how use of the techniques themselves also can contribute to a sense of movement. These underlying principles behind rhythm will help you go beyond the flat background to creating a dynamic flow.

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Landscape in Tapestry Retreat Workshop

Ocean Memory  20" x 25" © 2014 Elizabeth J. Buckley

Ocean Memory 20" x 25" © 2014 Elizabeth J. Buckley

Wild Rice Retreat Center 84860 Old San Road Bayfield, Wisconsin 54814

APRIL SPECIAL: APRIL RETREAT GIVEAWAY One lucky name will be chosen from our Wild Rice Retreat mailing list on April 30.

Monday, August 26 - Thursday, August 29, 2019

A unique opportunity to be in retreat and to immerse yourself in tapestry and in nature, this workshop will focus on how to weave water (hachures anyone?), shore lines, fog and mist (yes, transparency!) and whatever else we may see along the South Shore of Lake Superior.  Wild Rice Retreat Center photo gallery

The landscape is about one’s relationship with the earth, as well as a sense of place. The response in tapestry can be small and intimate, or large scale; abstract, representational, or somewhere in between. During this retreat workshop, we will incorporate the setting along the shore of Lake Superior with the language of tapestry.  We will look at different ways of describing water and quality of light in a weaverly manner.  We will work with effects of transparency through use of hachures and weft bundle mixtures. We will explore the varied aspects of the landscape, our individual responses, how to distill and interpret them into woven form. The possibilities are endless!  
Students can expect to go through the process of developing a design, making a cartoon, and beginning the weaving of a small tapestry, or a study of a larger design, which they will complete at home, after the workshop. All levels welcome.  Students need to have a working knowledge of basic tapestry techniques and come with a warped loom. Materials fee of $30.00 will cover handouts, art supplies and wool weft yarns for a 6” x 8” project.

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