Mimi Rodes received ATA’s Award for Excellence for her tapestry “White Pockets” exhibited at the Intermountain Weavers Conference exhibition Celebration of Fiber, at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado from July 24-26, 2015.
Mimi says this about her tapestry:
“This piece was inspired by a photo my husband took while we were hiking in the White Pocket area in the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument. It was challenging trying to find yarns in the red Navajo sandstone color palette. On subsequent hikes, I spent hours studying the rock and gaining an appreciation for the great variety of colors found in sandstone. As I worked on my collection of red rock color yarns, I found some hand dyed wool roving in my stash that incorporated the colors that I wanted. That really got me going! I love to work with texture so being able to spin my own yarn and mix it with commercial yarns really enabled me to add texture and variety to the piece.
When I had woven about two thirds of the piece, I got stuck. I just didn’t seem to find the right colors, or a way to move forward, so I set it aside for several weeks. When I came back to it I realized that the piece had taken on a life of its own, so I put away the original photo, added some shadows and highlights and wove happily on!”
Mimi lives in Utah and is a member of the Mary Meigs Atwater Weavers Guild in Salt Lake City. She started weaving back in the seventies, but then work and life kept her too busy to weave until she retired a few years ago.