Creating Complexity: Strategies to Expand Your Approach to Designing and Weaving Tapestry

Taught by Jane Kidd
Portland, Oregon
June 27-30, 2019

Thank you to all who attended our 2019 Workshop!

Jane Kidd
“Phenomena Series: Burn,” 91 x 122 cm, 2018

The development of a design for a tapestry is a complex process involving the evolution of an idea into a concept and a composition that will sustain the maker through a demanding and time-consuming process. There are many considerations involved in this process: the narrative potential of imagery to create symbols, metaphor and meaning; the impact of colour and composition as means to heighten emotional impact, express ideas and describe the world; and the challenge of establishing links between materiality and artistic expression as ideas are translated into the unique physical identity of tapestry.

In this four-day workshop Jane Kidd will share 35 years of experience as an art educator and maker of tapestries working with participants to develop strategies to engage in this complex process.  The first half of the workshop will focus on building design confidence, research strategies and increasing personal satisfaction and involvement in the creation of design concepts. In the second half of the workshop participants will move onto their looms to find the fit that will link their personal design concepts to technique, materials and presentation. Participants will be encouraged to push beyond the predictable, to embrace problem solving, experimentation and critical thinking as a means to move forward as artists and expand their approach to tapestry weaving.

Participants must have woven a minimum of four to five tapestries as this workshop is at the intermediate level. No beginners, please.

Jane Kidd
“Curiosities Series: Pairing #3,” 66 X 56 cm, 2013, tapestry on wooden board

Registration information

Registration opens for ATA Collector and Curator Circle members on March 17, 2019 at 10:00 am PST. Participants must have experience. Collector and Curator Circle members will receive a password to access the registration page at that time. If you would like to upgrade your membership, please email our Membership Committee Chair, Pat Dunston. Registration for all opens on April 6, 2019 at 10:00 am PST at 10:00 am PST.

A little about Jane Kidd

Jane Kidd was born in Victoria B.C. Canada. From 1980 to 2011 she lived in Calgary Alberta and taught at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Currently she lives on Salt Spring Island in B.C. where she maintains an active studio practice.

Her beautiful, technically demanding and conceptually rich tapestries provoke profound questions about handcraft, disciplinary knowledge and the importance of bringing historical practices into the contemporary art arena. Her ideas are expressed through symbolic images that explore the complications and contradictions of current issues, encouraging reflection on our changing world.

Jane has exhibited in numerous solo and over sixty group exhibitions across Canada, the United States, Japan, Poland, Hungary and Australia. Kidd’s work can be found in private and public collections including, Canada Council Art Bank, Department of Foreign Affairs, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Canadian Museum of History. She has produced several large commissions for public buildings in Canada. She was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Art in 2001 and was awarded the Alberta Craft Council Award of Excellence in 2008. In 2016 she was awarded the Saidye Bronfman Award, one of the Governor General’s Awards for Visual and Media Arts, Canada’s foremost distinction for excellence in the visual arts.

This will be a unique opportunity to meet other weavers and immerse yourself in contemporary tapestry!

For more information, please email ATA’s Education Committee Chair, Terry Olson:

Travel information will be provided upon registration.

Pricing Information

Early Bird (until May 1, 2019), ATA Member: $470.00

Not Early Bird (after May 1, 2019), ATA Member: $505.00

Early Bird (until May 1, 2019), not an ATA Member: $505.00

Not Early Bird (after May 1, 2019), not an ATA Member: $540.00