Saturday, January 24, 2015

Is there a resurgence in interest in weaving and tapestry happening?

Historically, tapestry weaving has not attracted screaming hordes of people gasping to learn the age-old techniques. But certainly there is a resurgence in interest in weaving lately and many people are using simple tapestry looms to explore their fascination with yarn, image, and expression.

Maryanne Moodie is an Australian weaver who is now living in Brooklyn. To my delight, there is an article about her and her weaving in the February 2015 issue of O Magazine.

Yep, you heard me correctly.
Oprah Magazine.

When I heard there was a tapestry weaver featured in a magazine I can get in the supermarket checkout, I grabbed my wallet and walked down to the corner Walgreens to get my copy.

It was not so simple to procure a copy of the December issue of Playboy from the newsstand. I tried several times and surprisingly, failed. In that issue there was an article about the tapestry artist Erin Riley.

Here is a link to the online version of that article: http://www.playboy.com/articles/dream-weaver

Both articles are titled Dreamweaver. I suppose many of us fiber addicts dream about having the time to weave every day... and I admit that I once decades ago had an online profile with this handle. Most likely the magazine editors just have Dreamweaver by Gary Wright playing in their heads.

I am encouraged to see so many people interested in weaving and using tapestry techniques in their work... or, like Erin, making full-fledged tapestries with contemporary subject matter. You can see more of Erin's work on her website.

You can also see more of Maryanne (maryannmoodie) and Erin's (erinmriley) tapestry weaving on Instagram.

I use Instagram to show what I am working on currently, so head over there if you are interested in my process! You can find me at rebeccamezofftapestry.

1 comment:

  1. I think there is a resurgence into fiber arts. I just took a three-hour tapestry weaving workshop in Manhattan and was astounded that I literally lost two of the three hours. It went by in a heartbeat. There's something about it that's intense and meditative and creative. A potent mix!

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