The Visual Heart Beat: Creating Movement in Tapestry
Tapestry Weavers In New England (TWINE) Sun. October 14 - Thurs. noon, October 18, 2018 Miramar Retreat Center 121 Parks St. Duxbury, MA 02331
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.
This workshop is now full. If you would like to be added to the wait list, contact Louise Abbott at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall Studio Workshop: Curves in Tapestry
Thursday, October 25 – Sunday, October 28. 2018 9:30 am – 3:30 pm Elizabeth Buckley's studio in Albuquerque, NM
Curves present unique technical challenges in tapestry. In this workshop we will explore several approaches to weaving curves as shapes, as well as lines. Participants can expect to become more familiar with empty and full warps, eccentric wefts, and shading techniques to depict shallow or steep curves, organic shapes, and meandering lines. This workshop will incorporate the use of shape-building and how to design weave-able curves in tapestry, working from either the front or the back.
Looking ahead to 2019:
Landscape in Tapestry Retreat Workshop
Wild Rice Retreat Center 84860 Old San Road Bayfield, Wisconsin 54814
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.