Blog Topic: Archie Brennan

Brennan’s Homage to Historical Tapestry

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

Archie Brennan, “Princess Di meets a Medieval Maiden,” 38 in x 42 in, 1987

In Archie’s Words: “The difference between painting and tapestry… is the fact that weaving begins at one edge and grows. It’s very much a journey up the warp.” 

Discover more here

Learning from a Sample

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

Archie Brennan 1931-2019

Having someone critique one’s design for a tapestry is useful….but  having Archie Brennan critique your design is  precious! 

Read about Patricia Bugas-Schramm’s experience here

Q & A’s that Blew My Mind!

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

Archie Brennan, “A Hawaiian Island… the Beginning,” 23 in x 34.25 in

There are many things that I bring to the loom when weaving tapestry, but the single-most important piece of knowledge came from a Brennan/Maffei workshop. When starting a new shape in a tapestry, there are two critical questions one must answer.  

Learn more from Tal Landeau here

Reflections on Archie by Ruth Manning

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

“Hallway Transitions: Panel 3,” detail, 9 in x 22 in, 10 epi, 2020. Photo: Ruth Manning.

Archie Brennan opened one’s eyes to the possibilities.  Tapestry weaving is more than a process and production. Without an idea, how do you know what you will weave?

Read more by Ruth Manning here.

Recollections by Alta Turner

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

Archie as Dersu, in front of his tapestry, “The Earth Awaits: Dersu Uzala, On Top of the Mountain.” Photo: Alta Turner.

True, he was a master, mentor, and friend, but those are but simply “bits” of his “Archie-ness.” A mutual friend flatly observed that Archie Brennan was one of the lucky few of this planet who could, following release from extended solitary confinement, legitimately observe what an interesting time that was. 

Read more of Alta Turner’s recollections: here.


Tips I Learned from Archie

Wednesday, May 26th, 2021

Archie making the most of a warp by weaving different tapestries on both sides of the loom. Photo: Alex Kistler.

As a new tapestry weaver Ila McCallum learned from  and was inspired by Archie Brennan’s videos and tapestries.  Read about the tips she picked up including one that helped her keep the edges of her tapestry straight.