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Winter 2005, Vol 31 No 4

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Book Review: GET SET : A New Technique in Tapestry Weaving (page 16) by Diane Ammar, New Zealand

Review by Linda Rees

– TT p.16

In the spring of 2004, Diane Ammar published a small monograph on a technique she has developed for creating shaped tapestries. . . Essentially, the process is a system for attaching warp along the edges of the desired shape to be secured to a secondary “waste” warp secured to a frame.  The completed tapestry comes off the framework with almost no finishing required and is stable.

Diane Ammar, Yacht, woven in one piece, shaped and selvedged, but there are four groups of warp which have been set in

The colorful examples of her work attest to the flexibility of the technique along with her own artistic sense.  I suspect that we will start seeing more works produced in this format because of its versatility and the stability of the structure. 

Diane Ammar, Shadows, 45cm x 16cm, 8epcm, using cotton warp, linen weft

Copies of ‘GET SET’ are available by contacting Diane Ammar at the following email address, d.ammar@clear.net.nz for US$17.00 each including airmail postage and packing to anywhere in the world.

Informal Review: TAPS

by Sally Buell & Patricia Williams

– TT p.17

Pat Williams and Sally Buell visited the Tapestry Artists of Puget Sound (TAPS) exhibit at the Handforth Gallery in the downtown public library of Tacoma, Washington.  Both wrote informal commentary to the online tapestry list, which is sponsored by Kathe Todd Hooker and provided good information about the exhibit. .  Here are extrapolations from their observations.

Pat: We enjoyed studying the tapestries and particularly enjoyed seeing several works by each artist. So often these shows have only one work per artist. Sally:  In previous years a lot of the work had been figurative, but this year almost all was with geometric or large forms.

Carolyn Price Dyer, Golden Till, 18" x 18", mixed media, including handspun papers

Sally:Carol Price Dyer wove geometric shapes in what looked like rolled paper of silver, gold, and others with tiny Chinese characters.  Pat: Carolyn Price Dyer’s pieces were not exactly weft-faced tapestry in the traditional sense, but I loved her really strong series using twisted papers.

Cecilia Blomberg, June 4th, 35" x 51"

Pat: My husband was quite taken with Cecelia Blomberg’s rooftop piece, “June 4th”.

Joyce Hayes, Geometric Ikat V, 4.75" x 11.5"

Sally:  Joyce Hayes has been weaving with sewing thread in geometric designs. One, "Geometric Ikat 5", (See page 1) was mounted on watercolor paper painted to continue the tapestry pattern. . . Pat: It was interesting to me to see that she had mounted them on what appeared to be watercolor backgrounds that were carefully painted to complement the tapestries.

Margo Macdonald, Point of View, detail, 9"x9”, 2005

Sally: I was enchanted to see a group project, "Point of View".  The inspiration was an aerial photograph of Tacoma broken into 9"x 9" squares.  The weavers interpreted their portion as a  9" x 9" tapestry, exhibited next to the city blocks which provided the reference.  Pat: The presentation was particularly effective . . . all of the pieces were the same size with the black and white photo mounted next to it. The individual artistic styles were fun to compare, yet the theme kept it strong and cohesive. 

Frances Williamson, Point of View, detail, 9"x9", 2005

Sally: All in all, this was an exciting exhibit, with different styles, materials and points of view.

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