This year I am honoured to be chairing American Tapestry Alliance's Tapestry Unlimited: International, Unjuried Small Format Exhibition. In anticipation of the exhibition, whose deadline to commit to participate is January 31st, we are launching a blog tour. So, beginning December 23rd here on the Vancouver Yarn blog, once a week for six weeks six artists will share a different weaving technique on their respective blogs. With this educational tour we hope to encourage you to try your hand at the art of tapestry weaving by following along on the tour and trying some of the techniques. We also want to encourage both newbies and established weavers to experience the thrill of showing their work in public at Tapestry Unlimited which is hanging in Milwaukee Wisconsin in the summer of 2016. Each week two readers will win one-year memberships to ATA, plus one of them will also win a free entry to Tapestry Unlimited. That's 12 winners and 18 prizes!
*the small print: current ATA members may not enter to win.
The American Tapestry Alliance is a nonprofit organization that provides programming for tapestry weavers around the world, including exhibitions (like Tapestry Unlimited), both juried and unjuried, in museums, art centers and online, along with exhibition catalogues. They offer workshops, lectures, one-on-one mentoring and online educational articles as well as awards, including scholarships, membership grants, an international student award, and the Award of Excellence. They also put out a quarterly newsletter, monthly eNews & eKudos and CODA, an annual digest. Members benefit from personalized artists pages on the ATA website, online exhibitions, educational articles, access to scholarships and more.
The Blog Tour Line-Up
Stop 1: Vancouver Yarn: The basics: warping up and weaving open-shed style
Stop 2: Rebecca Mezoff: Using irregular hatching to blend color
Stop 3: Terry Olson: Weaving slits to create vertical lines
Stop 4: Mirrix Looms: Weaving shapes: Triangles, Squares and Circles
Stop 5: Elizabeth Buckley: Using multiple wefts to blend color
Stop 6: Sarah Swett: The value of Tapestry
I hope you follow along! The tour ends January 27th 2016. Sign up below for weekly updates on the tour (this is separate from the VY mailing list)
xoJanna M Vallee
Hi, I'm Janna. I'm the owner and natural dyer at Everlea Yarn and the tapestry instructor at The School of SweetGeorgia. I am a tapestry weaver, longtime knitter and 2013 graduate of Concordia University's Fibres and Material Practices program.
I founded Vancouver Yarn in 2008 as a single space to hold as much of the textile awesomeness that I could find in and around Vancouver. Here on the VY blog I mostly share about local events, pattern releases as well as Community Highlights.
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