Looking ahead to 2019:
Winter/Spring 2019 Studio Workshops
Depth in Space in Tapestry
Thursday, February 28 – Sunday, March 3, 2019 9:30 am - 3:30 pm at Elizabeth Buckley’s studio Albuquerque, New Mexico
Backgrounds can become more three-dimensional through the use of depth in space, whether it be in a landscape, or in creating illusory space. In this workshop we will explore the design principles behind the use of planes and layers, and how to incorporate these in tapestry design, be it representational, abstract or somewhere in between. 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.
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.
Workshops for Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore
Drawing for Tapestry
Friday, March 29, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
This 1‐day drawing class focuses on how use of the pencil can assist in putting thoughts on paper in a manner that assists in tapestry design. We will explore different approaches to describing shape and form, quality of line, and shaded areas, and look at how these translate to tapestry techniques. Experience how drawing is also a practice in observation and focus, a way of fine‐tuning the eye to see. Come get acquainted with what your pencils can do, drawing with the eraser, different paper textures, and so much more. This is a playful class. No previous drawing experience is necessary.
Transparency in Tapestry
Saturday, March 30 - Monday, April 1, 2019 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
The illusion of transparency can be created through the careful use of technique, color and value. In this workshop, we will work with design principles that go into creating the illusion of one layer on top of another, and seeing through to what is behind. At the loom, we will explore several approaches, including the techniques used by the French masters. We will look at how this can apply to contemporary tapestry.
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.