The Visual Heartbeat: Creating Movement in Tapestry
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.
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.
The Versatility of Hachures
Thursday - Sunday September 26 – 29, 2019 9:30 am - 3:30 pm Elizabeth Buckley’s studio in Albuquerque, NM
Hachures, as a technical category of repeated marks or patterns, can be simple or complex. Many medieval and gothic tapestries exemplify their use in the drape and folds of fabric, depictions of animals, and botanical details. Contemporary tapestry applications of hachures can range from creating transparency or the feel of ripples on water to gradating color blends, or shaping and shading forms for a sense of volume. and three-dimensions. In this workshop, we will explore different types of hachures, their applications, and how to incorporate these in tapestry design, be it representational, abstract or somewhere in between. Students need to be familiar with basic tapestry techniques and know how to warp their own loom.
Landscape in Tapestry
October 11 – 14, 2019
Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY
This workshop will draw inspiration from the beautiful, autumn setting of Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. The landscape is about one’s relationship with the earth, as well as a sense of place. It can take many forms, inspired by: a particular shape in weathered wood or a shell, leaf patterns, a grove of trees, the panoramic sunset sky, etc. The response in tapestry can be small and intimate, or large scale; abstract, representational, or somewhere in between. In this workshop, we will explore the varied aspects of the landscape, how to distill and simplify into the language of tapestry. Students can expect to go through the process of articulating an idea, developing a design, making a cartoon, and beginning weaving a small tapestry or a study of a larger design, which they will complete at home, after the workshop.
This workshop is now full. Wait list available.