Emerge Award

ATA’s Emerge Award is a membership award program that recognizes university students who have an interest in tapestry. A number of university textile programs are asked to select one student who has shown potential in using tapestry techniques in their projects for the award. This student will receive a one year membership in ATA, which includes the online journal – Tapestry Topics.  Each student will also be recognized in the journal and an image of one of their tapestries will be included. Awards will be given in the spring (Northern Hemisphere) and fall (Southern Hemisphere).

Spring 2018 Awardees

Stuart Shepard – Virginia Commonwealth University

“Each of these weft-faced strips were woven separately on a narrow warp for use as a tool to explore a variety of woven structures on a large scale. This image shows a selection of three different configurations from a durational installation where the strips were unwoven and rewoven into a new woven structure daily.”

Stuart Shepard, “Woven Weaving Triptych,” 5’ x 5,’ each (variable & interactive strips), 2016, cotton warp and acrylic weft, photo credit: Stuart Shepard.

Erika Hewston – Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

“This series was created to provide a source for introspection.  I want viewers to contemplate how much time they put into social media rather than actually doing the things they want to do.  How many DIY projects do you pin before you actually make one? How many photos will you like of someone else’s life before you take action in your own?  How much time do you spend mindlessly scrolling through your feed? It is my hope that my tapestries will inspire others to take the time to consider their own use of social media as I did during their creation.”

Erika, Hewston, “Pinterest,” 26″ x 17,” 2017, photo: Erika Hewston, cotton warp and various cottons, wools, and acrylics yarns.

Spring 2017 Awardees

Bridget Loew – Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

Libby Robinette – Indiana University, Bloomington, USA

 Libby Robinette, Untitled, 9.5 x 6.5 in, 2017, hand dyed wool


Libby Robinette, Untitled, 9.5 x 6.5 in, 2017, hand dyed wool

Bridget Loew, "Tiger," 23 x 56 in, 2016, linen warp, acrylic & wool weft.

Bridget Loew, “Tiger,” 23 x 56 in, 2016, linen warp, acrylic & wool weft.

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