Shelley's work contains a great deal of layered imagery and the class focused on using Photoshop as a design tool to manipulate images and design for tapestry. I have used Photoshop (Elements) for
Here is one of Shelley's pieces she brought for us to look at. Please see this page on her website for a better photo of this tapestry.
|Shelley Socolofsky, Incantations 6' x 3.5'|
I greatly enjoyed messing around with the different images I had brought. And then things got crazy as I started looking online and in the huge photo files on my computer for more images. I got so tickled by all the fun I was having that I failed to create something that I could actually weave a portion of. So when Shelley said at the end of the first day, load your image onto my computer so I can go print it in the morning, I was not ready. I had made some very cool images, but none of them was remotely weaveable in my mind. Nevertheless, I did finally settle on something.
Here is the image I was working from. The idea was that we were weaving a sample for the complete tapestry which would be a couple meters square.
We then had to select a square inch portion of the image which we were going to weave. This selection needed to have an eye to transparency as that was what we were going to work on creating with yarn. Here is my inch.
You've seen the colors of my tapestries. Do you think I had the colors for this? Not a chance. Fortunately Shelley brought some Australian Tapestry Workshop yarn that I got to try.
Shelley was an inspiring teacher. Here she is on the morning of the third day talking to us about what we were doing that was working and what wasn't and why. Creating transparency and making things look like they are coming forward or falling back in a two-dimensional medium using yarn is not easy.
HERE. Below is a photo of the class examining the piece.
|Trade Blanket (hybrid bride) detail|
This is the incomparable Mary Lane. She was the organizational guru for this workshop and I can't thank her enough for all her hard work. She is also a great weaver! Here she is demonstrating the difference between hatching and hachure for a student (but I was watching her use bobbins to pass the yarn and beat).
This is Lyn Hart talking about her design and weaving. She has written a great blog post about her experience at this workshop which you should read here: http://www.desertsongstudio.com/2013/07/lay-it-down.html.
The workshop was at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. The campus was beautiful, the food was exceptional if you are a gluten free celiac who needs to know that people understand that, and the dorms made me think my college days were much much harder than kids who go to college these days.