Until my own teacher died three months ago today, I hadn't thought I would teach tapestry for a few more years. But here I am and I am very excited about this new journey. I have things to say and my own voice to say them in, so what better way to spend my time then showing people how exciting tapestry can be? Teaching was incredibly important to James and I still feel that he would want me to teach now that he cannot do it himself anymore. I hope I'm right about that James!
I'm starting out with a workshop at Intermountain Weaver's Conference in Durango in July. IWC has been a great conference for me. I love Durango and have enjoyed the atmosphere there studying on the Fort Lewis College campus. I'll be teaching a class about color gradation for tapestry. My work is full of this kind of color shifting as I find it fascinating, so I am looking forward to showing other weavers how to do this. I am also looking forward to the learning that I know I will do as part of this process. I know there will be questions that I hadn't considered. Perhaps that is the best thing about being a teacher--the way it pushes you to learn more yourself.
|Contemplative Garden, 30 x 48 inches, hand-dyed wool tapestry|
|Emergence II, 44 x 44 inches, hand-dyed wool tapestry|
And for those of you in one of my upcoming classes on color gradation for tapestry, check out this online article by Kathe Todd-Hooker about ways to achieve optical blending with yarn. Kathe is a brilliant woman and successful tapestry weaver who has published several books and runs her own fiber art company. This article contains a lot of information that is similar to what we will be practicing in the class.
|My best weaving buddy Cassy who is going to help me decide which project to start with today... or perhaps just snore.|
I just returned from a trip to Michigan for my grandmother's funeral. I had to check out the local yarn shop, Threadbender. It was a great place. There was a weaving class going on--but the shop is so full of yarn that the looms are tucked into corners. You're looking for Mini Mochi for a hat and you round a corner to find a woman working on summer and winter on a Baby Wolf.
And this last photo is for my Grandmother Thelma who died Friday May 27th. Thank you for living an inspired life Grandma. We'll miss you!