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A Quarterly Review of Tapestry Art Today

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Fall 2006, Vol 32 No 3

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Review: FOLKS IN FIBER

by Louise Abbott and Jill Montgomery

– TT p.18-20

The setting for the "Folks in Fiber" exhibit on the second floor of the Cahoon was spacious yet intimate. Its focus was on the human face and figure with treatments ranging from stylized to realistic. Forty-nine works were displayed from this country's top fiber artists. . . [E]ach individual piece was professionally presented.  For example, "Oui'll Always Have Pears" by Anne McGinn of LaGrange, Illinois was mounted on a board covered with silk fabric with hand embroidery, and sides that mirrored the border around the weaving itself.  It is elegant, woven with fine silk, linen and cotton. (See "About ATA" section of this web site and in the ATB3 catalog. Many of the items discussed in this review can be seen on the website Artists Pages. Those pictured here are not.)

. . . [O]ne is drawn in by two beach scenes that evoke the Cape Cod setting . . . Priscilla Lynch's "Beach Babes" (See Tapestry Topics, Spring 2004) and . . . Ruth Manning's "Polka Dot Swimsuit" are wonderful introductions to set the mood of the exhibit.  Manning's work particularly stands out for its bold, colorful imagery that escapes its small (5"x11") frame. It depicts a woman swimming next to a very decorative rope.

below: Ruth Manning, Polka Dot Swimsuit, 11" x 5"

Linda Rees' "Whose Way? What Way? My Way!" . . . treats the human form as a design element rather than a personality.  [M]uted grayish/violet color filling the outlines against the background of violet and flesh/peach tones are very effective . . . figures [a]re isolated by hachure areas above and below . . . "Dancing to Background Noise" by Marianne Haller of Berkeley, California uses the technique of hachure to help convey the feeling of movement, and mid-tone grays and blues to help set the mood. [It] is a subtly colored and rhythmic piece with an elegant couple dancing.  You can almost hear the music.

below: Linda Rees, Whose Way? What Way? My Way!, 28" x 27", 2002
below: Marianne Haller, Dancing to Background Noise, 37" x 45"
below: Marianne Haller, original source material for Dancing to Background Noise

The theme of the show, the human form; folks at play, relaxing, contemplating, is all in keeping with the Cahoons' sense that art should be entertaining as well as informative. Also, the curator’s  respect and love for fiber are clear in this exhibit.

Volunteers Make It Happen

by Mary Lane

– TT p.21-22

This edition highlights the committee that produced the catalog for "American Tapestry Biennial 6." Lynn Mayne generously volunteered to chair the ATB6 catalog committee because she believes that catalogs are crucial in documenting the field of contemporary tapestry. Lynn started weaving tapestry in the 1970s when she attended a class at the Saginaw Art Museum taught by Roz Berlin. She later studied with Michelle Mesnage in France. She now divides her time between Florida and Michigan, committing five to six hours each day to her studio.

below: Lynn Mayne, Chair for the ATB6 Catalog Committee
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