Designing for Tapestry
March 4-8, 2019
In the class, participants will explore many approaches to designing for tapestry weaving, including photography, drawing, painting, and collage. Exercises to encourage creative process will be presented and through those each person will begin to develop strategies for creating one's own imagery. Before making the cartoon for tapestry, we will discuss the images created to determine how they may be adapted to the constraints of the tapestry weaving techniques. During the final part of the workshop, the participants will have the option of beginning a weaving based upon a cartoon that has been developed, or continuing to work on cartoons for future tapestries.
Small tapestry loom (I can send suggestions if needed)
Tools you like to use (bobbins, tapestry needles, etc.)
Assorted weft yarns of your choice (I will send suggestions, if desired)
Warp--prefer cotton seine twine of 12/12 or 12/9 size (available from Norsk Fjord Fiber and other sources)
Ruler with centimeter measure
Drawing materials--papers, pencils, markers, etc.
Photos you have taken of subjects that interest you (I prefer that you use your own photos for reference rather than those of others)
You may reserve your space in this workshop with a $125 deposit and the balance due Feb 2019
I use the slow medium of tapestry weaving because I love the surface of flat woven tapestry, the intensity of color as interpreted in yarn, and the significance of each movement of the weaver’s hands to the finished work. My tapestries are based upon ideas and images that are meaningful to me; the glorious natural world of north Georgia and western North Carolina provides many of those.
Tommye McClure Scanlin has been weaving for over thirty years, exploring many different techniques of creating images through the woven structure. In 1988 she began her journey in tapestry weaving and her tapestries have been exhibited nationally and internationally since 1990.
In 2009 Scanlin was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for “…dedication to craft education” by the Georgia Art Education Association. She was also granted a Life Membership in Southern Highland Craft Guild in 2009. She is a Fellow of the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts, and has had artist residencies there as well as at the Lillian E. Smith Center.
Her work is found at Allanstand in the FAC, Asheville and at Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC. She welcomes commissions of tapestry works. In addition to her studio work, Scanlin is a frequent instructor in several places, including John C. Campbell Folk School, Penland, and Arrowmont.