(l) “Pagoda Staircase” (2017) 24.5″ x 45.5″
(r) “Jacob’s Ladder Variation” (2017) 24.5″ x 57″
Louise Halsey’s Statement
Over the course of my weaving career I have enjoyed doing rugs that often work as wall hangings. Here are two I have done recently both of which are using the diagonal as the main design element. Since I have not been dyeing my own yarn, I am challenged by what choices to make that create a clean image. By using black and white for the central design I am able to pull in lots of colors to create the background and I do love vibrant colors.
Louise Halsey’s Biography
My childhood gave me a rich inheritance, as my parents were both full-time visual artists living in downtown Charleston SC. My approach to my life and to art has been enriched through books & travel though I live in a rural location in the Ozarks of Arkansas.
I weave standing up at my Cranbrook floor loom having learned tapestry initially from Edwina Bringle. In 1971 I received my BA in Philosophy from Sarah Lawrence College. After graduating I studied weaving at Arrowmont School of Crafts, Penland School and the University of Georgia working with Glen Kaufman. In 2007 I completed my MFA-Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. Four of my tapestries were shown in the exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in High Fiber: Women to Watch 2012. In 2017 the Arkansas Arts Council named me an Arkansas Living Treasure.