Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Come take a tapestry class!!!

I am teaching a class in a couple weeks at Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center in Espanola, NM.  The class is Color Gradation Techniques for Tapestry.  It is three days and there are still some openings!  This class is a benefit for the center and I am hoping to fill the class to maximize their profits.  So this is a great time to take a class in tapestry if you never have.  Here is a recent blog post I did with more photos of the center and some of its offerings.

photo: Laura Barger
The class focuses on technical ways to grade color in a tapestry including using hatching and hachure.  I have some great hand-dyed yarns we can play with and the class promises to be a lot of fun.  As a bonus I will also be showing a slide show about the Bauhaus Tapestry Project (Interwoven Traditions: New Mexico and Bauhaus) I did with Cornelia Theimer Gardella and James Koehler which was completed six months before James passed away.

photo: Laura Barger
photo: Laura Barger
photo: Laura Barger
photo: Laura Barger
photo: Laura Barger
From the class description:
 In this three-day class, students will weave a sampler exploring 
color gradation techniques in contemporary tapestry.  A small tapestry 
may be started if time allows.  We will learn different forms of hatching 
and hachure along with various methods of grading color.  Color mixing 
techniques along with some color theory will be investigated.  Hand-dyed 
wool yarn in a large range of hues suitable for gradation will be provided. 
  Rebecca Mezoff was a student and apprentice of James Koehler for 
6 years and as part of the class, will offer a presentation about their 
Bauhaus project which included his last shows, photos of some of his 
work as it relates to color gradation techniques, and discussion about 
how James used the gradation techniques we will be studying in his work. 
  James was an avid supporter of EVFAC and this class is offered as a 
benefit for the center with all proceeds going to help EVFAC keep its 
doors open.  Basic knowledge of tapestry weaving is recommended, a 
desire to learn and have a great time is a requirement! 

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