The ATA Award was proudly presented to Tommye McClure Scanlin for her tapestry “...to the essence of every nature…” at Western NC Handweaver’s Guild’s Blue Ridge Handweaving Show” at the Asheville School, Asheville, NC in October, 2008.
Artist’s Statement and Biographical Information
Tommye McClure Scanlin is Professor Emerita at North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, Georgia. Her tapestries have been widely shown since 1990. Exhibits for 2008 include “Land,” Australian National University, Canberra, Australia; “Back to Nature: Contemporary Botanical Art,” Hambidge Center Gallery, Rabun Gap, GA; “Woven Gems,” TECO Plaza, Tampa, FL; “Mining Surface,” Swan Coach House Gallery, Atlanta; “45 Years of Inspired Design,” Piedmont Craftsmen Members exhibit, Sawtooth Center, Winston-Salem, NC; the Blue Ridge Handweaving Show, Asheville; and in the Southern Highland Craft Guild members exhibition at the Appalachian Regional Commission in Washington, DC, 2008-2009.
Scanlin’s tapestries are shown in various fiber books, magazines, and catalogs of exhibitions, including the books: Line in Tapestry by Kathe Todd-Hooker, Fiberarts Design Book (books I, II and V) and the art education textbooks, Exploring Art and Teacher Connections. In addition to her studio work, Scanlin teaches weaving at NGCSU. She has also taught at John C. Campbell Folk School (next class there will be August 2009), Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, and Penland School of Crafts.
Her tapestry studio is at 106 Martin Street in Dahlonega where she usually has several tapestries underway and would be happy to discuss weaving with guests. She also offers tapestry classes through her studio.
Scanlin is one of the founding members of Tapestry Weavers South and is also active with American Tapestry Alliance (member of ATA since 1988 and currently coordinator of the Distance). A juried member of Southern Highland Craft Guild since 1979, she participates annually in Guild member exhibits and is a member of the Board of Trustees of SHCG. Scanlin is also an exhibiting member of Piedmont Craftsmen. Visit her webpage at the Guild’s website at http://southernhighlandguild.org/tapestry or her blog at http://tapestry13.blogspot.com
About her work, Scanlin says: I use the slow medium of tapestry weaving because I love the surface of flat woven tapestry, the intensity of color as interpreted in yarn, and the significance of each movement of the weaver’s hands to the finished work. My tapestries are based upon ideas and images that are meaningful to me; the glorious natural world of north Georgia and western North Carolina provide many of those images.