ATA's Tapestry Unlimited show was held at Milwaukee's gorgeous downtown public library. What a grand setting!
Ruth Manning did a fabulous job of gathering the tapestries, mailed in from all over the world, mounting them with thought and care on black panels, and then installing them on the library's second floor. You can read about her labor of love HERE.
This shot gives a sense of the variety of responses to the challenge to weave a tapestry under 10" in any direction. Clockwise from upper left: Maggie Clark, Golden Feather; Heather Myers, Turnip Crop; Karen Fowler Little, Cloud Big City; Suzette Taylor, Alexander 2014; Beverly Weaver, Kansas Series #2--Tallgrass; Alyssa Meredith, Metaweave #1: Trellis; Linda Whiting, Poppy.
Many of us revel in the opportunity to explore color in weaving--but a number of weavers showed how powerful black, white and gray can be. This weaver broke free of the standard rectangular format as well.
|Nancy C. Crampton, Playing with Pattern|
|Clockwise from left: Ewa Elsner, Lady; Ewa Kaminska, Japanese Dance, |
Ilona Wroblewski, Dance, and Dorota Wronska, Cat.
|Top: Patti Kirch, Tapestry Letter, Two Zines please;|
Bottom: Alex Friedman, Curlique
Landscape and nature motifs can be difficult to render with subtlety in tapestry (at least for me so far) but these artists did so beautifully:
|Joan Griffin, Keukenhof|
|Minna Rothman, Cape Cod Sandbars|
|D. Colette Wright, Autumn Beauty|
I love the way this face was abstracted and colored.
|Mariana Ortega, No Desesperes|
|Me with my tapestry Mother/Mary (red border). That's Robbie LaFleur's Edwin, Home from the Great War at bottom.|
Finally, I have to include the face that I brought home with me, Ruth Manning's Feather Hat. I love this little piece! I was disappointed that I couldn't take Ruth's Convergence workshop in weaving faces, but now I get to smile at this gal every morning. I love how Ruth mounted her on a small painted canvas, and how she let the linen warps become an important part of the piece. This lady reminds me not to take my hair too seriously.
|Ruth Manning, Feather Hat|