|Yarn ball Christmas tree with moomintrolls who might be up to mischief. Thanks to Rebecca Mezoff (and Emily) for letting me steal their idea for the tree. Moomintrolls are characters from Finnish folklore.|
I was thinking this morning about how fortunate I have been to be part of a sustaining artistic community every part of the way in 2018. In the Atlanta area, I found my tribe at Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance (SEFAA), which hosted my show of tapestries in February and March. I was honored to have friends not just from my neighborhood but weavers from Florida and North Carolina, come to see the show and give me their considered feedback. You know who you are, and I am grateful!
|Opening reception for ICONIC show at SEFAA. Photo: Nancy Langham|
One of the best things to happen to me in 2018 was the Handweavers Guild of America's Convergence conference and the subsequent American Tapestry Alliance meeting and retreat. It was fantastic to meet, teach and weave alongside gifted artists from across the country. The workshop with Rowen Schussheim-Anderson has changed my approach to tapestry in exciting ways.
Next year will afford me the chance to teach in four locations around the country, and I am deeply grateful to those weaving friends (again, you know who you are) who have helped me make those connections.
Finally, I continue to be grateful for the online community I have found on Instagram and Facebook. I am as dismayed as anyone at the ongoing revelations about Facebook's cavalier attitude toward users' privacy (to put it generously), but I continue to feel that what I learn there from fellow artists and weavers far outweighs the negative. Instagram has introduced me to fiber artists worldwide whose work inspires and teaches me something almost every day.
Last week I was touched to get thoughtful and valuable feedback on both social media when I publicly asked for help figuring out how (or if) to handle next year's tapestry diary. (If you're wondering, I've reached a decision but I'm saving it for the next blog post!) Weaving is a solitary pursuit, but sharing our work in progress, our questions, doubts and occasional triumphs makes it all easier.
I suppose it's not surprising that weavers are good at coming together, constructing a sturdy fabric in which each thread is a small but indispensable part of a larger, beautiful whole. As I look back at 2018 and forward to 2019 I hope to continue to be one of those interlaced threads.
|Santa Fe Plaza|
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