Sunday, July 20, 2014

Still in Providence... A couple tapestry shows

Convergence 2014 vendor hall from above
I am still in Providence and most of the Convergence crowd has left. It isn't all that easy to get back to Albuquerque from Providence and flights on a Sunday were tickling $700 one way. So I'm going to visit my grandmother which was a better plan all along anyway.

I am exhausted beyond measure. I am so exhausted that when I sat down in the American Tapestry Alliance meeting just after I finished giving my last three hour lecture to hear the end of Marcel Marois's talk (which I greatly regret having to teach during), I almost started sobbing. I am deeply, undeniably, to-the-bone weary. The last 4 months have been fantastic but in every way I need a break.

So before I completely sink into the fluffy white pillows in this great hotel room, I am going to post the final Convergence photos. I was able to go to the American Tapestry Alliance's Untitled/Unjuried show opening on Thursday. In the same building was the Tapestry Weavers in New England (TWINE) show. There were many many many small format tapestries in this show and I highly recommend seeing it if possible, and if not, buy the catalog HERE. Below are some photos.

Some weavers from Damascus Fiber School in Oregon. They were in my studio in January and it was great to see their work in RI.
Matty Smith, Untitled, 7 x 4.5 inches, wool on cotton warp
Elke Hulse, Monogram, 10 x 10 inches, cotton
This panel had my piece on it. Mine was the piece that told some observant installer that the panel was upside down. That is all I'm saying.
And this panel had a very special tapestry on it by Matthew Lewton. He is 12 years old and well on his way already.
Matthew Lewton, Ted Williams #9, 6 x 4 inches, Wool on cotton/linen warp, center top
But despite the fantasticness of Matthew's work, Louise Martin's piece was my favorite of both shows.
Louise Martin, Looking Out, 5 x 5.5 inches, Linen, silk, rayon and tainless steel on cotton warp
Don Burns won the American Tapestry Alliance Award for Excellence in the TWINE show for this piece:
Don Burns, Fauvist Woods
Kathy Spoering, rather inexplicably since she lives in Colorado, had a large number of pieces in the TWINE show.
 A wall of pieces by Sarah Warren:
Sarah Warren
Sarah Warren, detail
Susan Matthew, the talented weaver who we think might be related to the talented young man featured above... I suspect he had some coaching by his aunt.
Susan Matthew

I met Bonnie Eadie in one of my tapestry classes earlier in the week and then I saw her work in the TWINE show. I thought it was very fun.
Bonnie Eadie, Working Together
It is always a little shocking to work with someone in a class for a few days and then stumble across their marvelous work at a show. First there was Bonnie, then there was another one, Katie Hickey.
Katie Hickey, Moon over Albers
Betsy Wing and Elizabeth Trocki:
And this was a little moment of weirdness for me. See, I grew up in Gallup, New Mexico on the edge of the Navajo Indian Reservation, so seeing the Burnham and Company Navajo Rug Auction in the Rhode Island Convention Center felt just a little, well, jarring.
Convergence is over. Now I can sleep.
(Except for the hotel fire alarm at 4:54 am. I arrived in Providence with soaked luggage and I am leaving after groggily watching the fire fighters saunter up to the building, clearly not in a hurry, and listening to the alarm for about 15 minutes in what felt like the dead middle of the night. I am not sure Providence and I have started the best relationship after all.)


  1. Rebecca, My son lives in Boston, so we spend a lot of time in New England, and are considering becoming NE-ers ourselves when my husband retires. Also, since there is no regional tapestry group here, I have 'adopted' myself in there! So that's why I have work in the TWINE exhibit. As far as the number of pieces - I sent the number of entries allowed, expecting them to want one or two, and they just said to send them all. Turned out to be a pricey thing to do. It would have been cheaper to fly them there myself!

  2. Thanks for sharing your Convergence experience with us who couldn't go. Got my catalogs yesterday and loved seeing the small format work. I was indeed overwhelmed with the expertise of these Tapestry Artists. Now, go get some needed rest. You have earned it. Love you, Michele

  3. Your postings about Convergence have been wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing. How you could make time for your blog with everything you were doing is a mystery, but I really do appreciate it.

  4. Sounds like you need a quick lie down in a darkened room with a hankie soaked in eau de cologne clamped to the temples!

  5. Crying is highly underrated as a stress-relieving mechanism. Go for it! Not surprising in the least to have a little let down and you will definitely need to plan some recoup time before moving on to the next adventure. Thanks SO MUCH for all that you do, including taking us along to Convergence in this way. You are a treasure, beloved by many!

  6. Rebecca, I learned SO much in your class last week! Will send a photo of the "meander", as Sarah calls it-- I'm having a blast! Thanks so much, and I sure hope you get some well-deserved rest.

  7. Trish at Tangled ThreadsJuly 22, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Rebecca, thanks once again for being our eyes and ears on the ground at a tapestry show. I am astounded at the creativity and craftsmanship of the work displayed, especially in the small format group. Your weft whackers will be here when you feel up to getting back to work. In the meantime, rest.


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