I'm thrilled to be going back this year for the second time as an instructor. I'll be offering two classes: a 3-hour seminar called "Plan Your Tapestry Diary," and a two-day workshop called "From Collage to Tapestry Cartoon." Both are geared to tapestry weavers who have some familiarity with basic principles and techniques. Beginners are welcome.
Priority Registration opens today, November 29, at noon EST and runs until Dec. 6 at noon EST, when regular registration opens.
|Molly Elkind, |
2017 tapestry diary in progress (March - July visible)
"Plan Your Tapestry Diary" is just what it sounds like. If you're curious about why so many tapestry weavers have adopted a daily practice, this class will answer your questions and help you plan your own. We'll look at lots of examples of diaries and discuss the many possibilities for format, size, theme and techniques. For me the most important benefit of keeping a tapestry diary is that I can play, learn, and practice techniques in bite-size chunks (as little as 15 minutes) every day. Every diary is as unique as every weaver--you make the rules, and you can break them. (You can see in the photo above how I've changed up the rules each month in my own diary this year.) And you don't need to wait for January 1 to start yours!
There's no need to bring a loom or yarn for this class--just pencil and paper. A basic familiarity with the tapestry process is helpful. Go HERE and scroll down to 3-hour seminars on Friday afternoon for the details.
|cropped portion of collage|
|Molly Elkind, "Huh?"|
4" x 6" tapestry inspired by collage
"From Collage to Tapestry Cartoon" is geared to tapestry weavers who want to explore ways of designing for tapestry that don't start with drawing or painting. You will gets lots of hands-on experience with collage, consider what makes a good design, and--this is the exciting part--explore how to translate your cut-and-pasted collage into a weaveable cartoon. How will you convey the colors, textures, lines and shapes of your collage in tapestry weave?
Again, there's no need to bring a loom for this workshop. We will focus on design and making a cartoon; you will leave with a design (maybe more than one?) ready to weave. The supply fee is minimal and all you need to bring is blank paper or sketch book (8 1/2 x 11"); colored paper or old magazines in variety of colors, textures and patterns, and glue sticks, markers and/or colored pencils. I'll share from my stash of interesting materials as well.
|Molly Elkind, collage for Mary (greater is what she bore in her mind)|
|Molly Elkind, |
Mary (greater is what she bore in her mind), handwoven tapestry, 2015