The blog tour is coming!

by mary on January 14, 2018

The blog tour is right around the corner so we thought you should meet our bloggers and get informed about how to participate. Did you know that we are giving away 26 prizes?! Watch our promo video to learn about them as well as see artwork by all our bloggers.

A great big thank you to our donors Mirrix LoomsHalcyon Yarns, weaversbazaar and Jim Hokett.

The blog tour will unfold as follows:

January 22nd:  Molly Elkind: Collage as research
January 23rd:  Ellen Bruxvoort – Vlog on Instagram about her design process
anuary 24th:  Tommye Scanlin: Literature as inspiration
January 25th:  Debbie Herd: Digital design tools
January 26th:  Barbara Burns: Documenting your design for promotion

You will have multiple chances to enter to win prizes, one for each post that you comment on. Also, Ellen will be inviting you to respond to her Instagram video with a social media post of your own describing how you design your tapestries. If you respond on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with a video or photo of your own you will get FIVE extra entries into the giveaway! And, if that was not enough, if you enter the 2018 unjuried small format show, The Biggest Little Tapestries in the World! by the end of the Blog Tour, you will receive five additional entries to the prize giveaway. Join in the fun by commenting on the Blog Tour posts and entering The Biggest little Tapestries in the World and you might win a prize!

The giveaway will be open until Sunday January 28th. To officially be entered to win you must let us know which blogs you commented on and if you created a social media post, by checking some boxes on this form (each blogger will provide that link for you, too).

Sign up to follow the Blog Tour.


Meet our bloggers:

MOLLY ELKIND

Molly is looking forward to a solo show of her Mary series and Illuminated Manuscript series of tapestries in February-March 2018 in Atlanta. She will be teaching a 3-hour class called “Plan Your Tapestry Diary” and a 2-day workshop, “Collage to Tapestry Cartoon,” at HGA’s Convergence conference in Reno, Nevada in July. She expects to spend the rest of her life figuring out the mysteries of tapestry weaving.


ELLEN BRUXVOORT

My name is Ellen and I’m the maker  behind FIBROUS, a series of handwoven art pieces, home goods and accessories. This entire business was built on a hobby that I discovered in 2014 and is now my  full time job, which is both insane and exciting.  FIBROUS is born and based in Austin, TX but who knows where the future might lead. Being self-taught means it’s my job to challenge myself  everyday  and I feel grateful to this community for continually supporting that kind of growth.


DEBBIE HERD

Debbie Herd lives in the Grampians Region, Victoria, Australia. Graduating from the Diploma of Art ‘Tapestry’ South West Institute of Tafe Warrnambool in 2009. A member of the Ararat Regional Art Gallery Advisory Board and is a regular volunteer at the gallery.


TOMMYE SCANLIN

I am an artist who observes and responds to the natural world for inspiration. As I seek images and ideas to interpret into tapestry I experience my surroundings a closely as I can. Photographs, sketches, paintings, readings and writings all are part of the research I put into my work.

Tommye Scanlin has been a member of ATA since 1988 and was one of the founding members of Tapestry Weavers South. She’s Professor Emerita, the University of North Georgia where she taught in the art department for over two decades. She now teaches workshops around the U.S. three or four times each year, and spends the rest of her days designing and weaving tapestries.

BARBARA BURNS

Barbara Burns began weaving in 1992 after studying interior design and textile and costume conservation at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. In 2003 she took her first tapestry workshops. Burns has studied with several excellent tapestry teachers including Archie Brennan and Susan Martin-Maffei in New York and Pat Taylor at West Dean College in England.

Burns’ newest figurative tapestries exploring sexuality and exposure are influenced by her experience as a burlesque and belly dancer. Often working larger than life, Burns’ images of dancers are accosting. Her previous study of faces represents both historical and contemporary subjects. Burns’ work has exhibited internationally in solo and group shows, winning awards from as far as Serbia and the UK. She teaches and lectures about tapestry and has published writings on the subject.

Burns is currently working on a series of three dimensional tapestries of wearable corsets. The first of which is influenced by the Apocalypse tapestry in Angers France. Burns says: “There is a deep well of connotations to be drawn from the corset and I want my viewer to draw from that well.”

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