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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Once, at a border crossing, he (Archie) asked me how I was planning to identify myself that day: Self-employed entrepreneur? Artist? Teacher? Tapestry weaver? Craftsman? We both signed in as retirees.”
Read more from Jean Pierre Larochette and Yael Lurie here.