Introduction by Mary Lane
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When people speak of hand woven tapestry, gosh and golly, right here in the beginning of the 21st century, they use words like “anachronistic.” Visitors to open studios and exhibitions say things like, “My grandmother did that.” or, “How long did that take to make?” Some simply shake their heads in wide-eyed wonderment.
However, those of us lucky enough to devote our artistic energies toward the creation of tapestry, know that we, and our colleagues, have our feet, and fingers, firmly planted in the seemingly all encompassing, “age of technology.” We, like everyone else, have finally figured out how to use our digital cameras, shop on the web, and we consider email not only indispensable, but down right convenient. Many of us have created websites for our work and some of us have established weblogs.
I have watched with considerable interest the growing number of tapestry artists who are using blogs to build a network for sharing and communicating, both verbally, and visually, within the world-wide community of contemporary tapestry weavers. Blogs function as journals, as venues to share tips and techniques, as resource centers and as connection points for people with similar interests.
I would like to thank the five artist/bloggers who graciously, and generously, shared their perspectives on blogging for Blog Tech. Enjoy their experienced insights and we’ll see you in the blogosphere.
“Tapestry weavers tend to work in isolation, so I think the best reason to blog is that it allows me to share my art whenever I want.” Jan Austin
“My blog is my journal. I can look back and see where I have been, what I have been doing and often, how I felt on that day.” Elaine Duncan
“Although I weave alone in my studio, I am now connected to many other weavers in a growing, dynamic tapestry weaving blog community that includes both authors and readers.” Lyn Hart
“Blogging has greatly changed my feeling of isolation. I find it inspiring to read other tapestry weaver’s blogs, learning that we all share similar struggles with the medium, doubts about our work and finding the time to fit it all into our day.” Debbie Herd
“I find that my blog is an enriching experience for my art making. Writing about my design process and the resulting work has caused me to think and articulate more clearly about what I’m doing, and why.” Tommye Scanlin
“My original idea for a blog was to develop a journal that focused on weaving technique, design and Ah Ha! moments. In addition, I wanted more contact with other tapestry weavers.” Kathe Todd Hooker