Upcoming Exhibition 2016

We’re delighted to feature the work of our guild members in a new exhibition of contemporary tapestry in 2016. The show is called ELEMENTAL TAPESTRY, and it will feature work with themes of earth, air, fire, and water. More details soon, including information for the opening reception.

Mark your calendars!

Elemental Tapestry TWW

Intensive Workshops with Mary Zicafoose May 17-19, 2015

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TWW is very fortunate to have internationally known Mary Zicafoose come to do a THREE DAY Workshop with TWW.  Following her lecture for the Textile Arts Council at the deYoung on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 10am, Mary will be teaching the workshops for the next three days in a well-lit third floor studio in Sausalito with free parking and disability access. Class will start at 9:30am until 4:30pm with a break for lunch.

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Color, Content & Creativity: New Strategies for New Work with Mary Zicafoose

Three One-Day Intensive Workshops designed for Tapestry Weavers West –  May 17, 18, 19, 2015

Mary Zicafoose will present a trifecta of one-day workshops designed to stimulate visual thinking in reference to our work as tapestry weavers.   Each day will be approached as a completely self-standing unit of study accessed through class exercises, writing, drawing, dialogue and extensive viewing.

Day #1: Color—*How does your use of color define & limit you and your work?  *Where further can it take you?  *Who does it well/ how do they do it?  *Better understanding your use of color intuition, theory and personal voice. *Students will create a working color journal drawn from selected exercises of colorist Josef Albers.

Day #2: Content—*What is your work saying?  *What would you like it to say?  *Creating and refining your personal literature *Transforming a mission statement into dynamic visual form. * Finding you way through the examples of others.  *Drawing upon the artist within.

Day #3: Creative Process—*Fast paced day of 2-D and 3-D design exercises, individual critique, and discussions selected to stimulate our range and clarify point of view.

We have organized this so that each day will be a little different. These classes will be more about design and creativity than weaving techniques. We encourage you to sign up for all three classes for $180, but if time and money are short each class will be $65. Class size will be limited to 12 students. Preference will be given to students who sign up for the three days, however.

For further inquiries, please contact Alex Friedman at aqsfriedman (at) gmail (dot) com

Firat Neziroglu

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The work of Turkish weaver Firat Neziroglu bends the mind. Though mostly flat-woven tapestries with some texture, his intimate and detailed portraits appear heavily sculptural, leaping from their frames like dancers. There is a real movement in his pieces; little wonder, as Firat is a dancer himself. The exposed warp, distance from the wall and shadow are all surprising elements that add depth and interest.

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Scroll through his amazing portfolio and see more of his work at firatneziroglu.com.

The Making of Butterfly

Many a weaver has been inspired by the incredible contemporary tapestries coming out of Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh, Scotland. They’ve recently completed a piece designed by artist Alison Watt and commissioned by the Scottish Opera. Below is a short video of not only the process of weaving her design but also the fascinating sounds that surround the weavers at the studio.

What I love most about the video is its accurate and beautiful portrayal of the weaving process itself – from selecting and blending colors, winding bobbins, and inking on to rolling up the work as you go (and not rolling it back to see what you’ve already woven!) and the palpable excitement of cutting a finished tapestry from the loom. It’s certainly the most comprehensive video I’ve seen of the process, from start to finish. And it reminds me exactly why tapestry as a weaving form continues to captivate me more and more with every piece.

Read more about the making of this tapestry here.