As you watch it, here are more images and some further explanation about things I was talking about.
The most important part of the webinar for me was the last third where I was talking about the importance of learning and my philosophy about teaching tapestry. Teaching tapestry in a way that is accessible to people in many different life situations is important to me. Expanding the reach of tapestry in the world both as an art medium and as something that is just fun to make is what it is all about for me.
Here are some more details from the webinar:
I talked some about the Reno Fiber Guild (and I am eternally grateful to these wonderful people) and how I started trying to make images in doubleweave which led me to tapestry. This was the kind of thing I was making just before I returned to New Mexico to study Rio Grande weaving at Northern New Mexico Community College in El Rito, NM.
This was my studio in El Rito, the outside and the inside.
|My studio in El Rito, NM. 2004-2007|
Here are some images of Northern New Mexico Community College in El Rito. They no longer have the Fiber Arts degree program there, but you can take a continuing education class from Karen Martinez who was my instructor if you are interested. She is an amazing artist.
|The first "tapestry" I ever wove on one of the walking looms at NNMCC, 2004. It is now a runner in front of my loom and you might spot it in the webinar replay.|
|This is an example of some of the first tapestry weavings I did.|
|My niece Megan with one of the most spectacular petroglyphs on the mesa. This one was about 50 yards from my house.|
|The strawbale house on Mesa Prieta.|
|Coming down the mesa after a petroglyph-searching hike. The road turns to rutted dirt just past this point.|
|One of the spirals on the mesa. Overlooking the Rio Grande River when the cottonwoods were changing.|
If you are interested in seeing more about my dyeing, this YouTube video shows some of the process. (Hint: If you push the YouTube button in the bottom right of the player, you'll be taken to YouTube to view. If you get these blog posts in an email, you have to visit my blog online to see videos: http://rebeccamezoff.blogspot.com/)
|James Koehler, Harmonic Oscillations LXIII|
|Cornelia Theimer Gardella, James Koehler, and myself at the opening of our show, Interwoven Traditions: New Mexico and Bauhaus show in Erfurt, Germany, September 2010.|
|Rebecca Mezoff, Barn Burned Down, 5 x 17 inches|
Cornelia Theimer Gardella. The photo above of the three of us was taken at that opening. THIS blog post has more about that experience.
The discussion about representative tapestry versus abstract work both in my work and in tapestry historically is always interesting to me (and perhaps no one else!). I gave the example of this piece being one of the most representative tapestries I've done.
|Rebecca Mezoff, Cherry Lake, 8 x 13 inches|
As I was talking about the American Tapestry Alliance, I mentioned Mary Lane (an indispensable part of the organization!) in response to Cami's statement about their Facebook tapestry of the day. And I noticed fleetingly that someone noted who actually does this for ATA. I missed who that was, but please put it in the comments below for me!
Partway through we had a few technical difficulties and Victoria had up the Kasala Gallery page. I didn't think quickly enough to comment on this, but it is my new gallery in Crested Butte, CO.
Cami mentioned my newsletter. You can sign up HERE.
I referenced my YouTube channel which has many videos about tapestry. I was talking about how much better my video-making abilities have gotten. That is true... and more to learn every day.
Leave comments below or contact me with what was interesting to you about this webinar. I'd love to have your input and help in growing the community of tapestry artist/weavers all over the world.