2012 Tommye McClure Scanlin

We are proud to announce that ATA’s Award for Excellence goes to Tommye McClure Scanlin for her tapestry Life Force exhibited in The Blue Ridge Fiber Show 2012, which took place October 2012 – January 2013 in The North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, NC.

Biographical Information

Tommye McClure Scanlin has been weaving for over thirty years and has explored many different techniques of creating images with fiber. However, her obsession with tapestry began in 1988 when she was inspired by the ATA exhibit, World Tapestry Today. She left behind other methods of weaving and plunged into the challenging world of tapestry. Since then her tapestries have been widely exhibited. Scanlin is Professor Emerita, North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, Georgia, and she continues to teach short workshops and classes at John C. Campbell Folk School, Arrowmont School of Crafts and Penland. In 2009 Scanlin was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for “…dedication to craft education” by the Georgia Art Education Association.  She is a Fellow of the Hambidge Center and has  been selected for several artist residencies at the Lillian E. Smith Center for Creative Arts.

Life Force
2010, 24″ x 60″
wool and cotton

Artist’s Statement

Scanlin says about her work: “I enjoy the hours, days, weeks, and months spent in 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 importance 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, and I find much of my motivation for tapestry design in the land forms and plant life of the southern Appalachians.” Life Force, for which the ATA Award was received, is an example of this and is based upon one of her many drawings of an invasive species of plant in the Southeastern U.S. – kudzu.