Winter 2006 Vol 32 No 4

A Quarterly Review of Tapestry Art Today

©2006 American Tapestry Alliance

Note: Tapestry Topics Online has been trimmed down in order to present color images with selected excerpts from the printed version, available to members by mail. For the full articles refer to the printed Winter 2006 issue.
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Barbara Heller Donates Tapestry to ATA

ATA is thrilled to announce that Barbara has donated a tapestry entitled "Nova Scotia Morning" for the purpose of a very special anniversary fundraiser in 2007.  Valued at over $1,500, this beautiful landscape, measuring 16" x 20" framed, will be raffled among donors to ATA's Silver Anniversary Campaign at our Anniversary party on April 28, 2007.

below: Barbara Heller, Nova Scotia Morning, 16" x 20" framed


by Kathy Spoering 

. . . Then, while designing a maquette for a small tapestry, I discovered its proportions were not pleasing, and it needed to be longer. Not wanting to alter what I had already designed, I decided to simply add the needed length to the bottom, and create a border for the design. I discovered that I loved that little 5 inches of border! . . . I went to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.[where] I saw the amazing fifteenth and sixteenth century tapestries. . . . I felt an immediate affinity with those tapestries, and most especially with their glorious borders. . . . From that point on, I have used borders in most of my work.

below: Kathy Spoering, Croquet Coquette, 53" x 36" Heritage Series
below: Kathy Spoering, Barbershop Buzz, 56" x 36" Heritage Series
below: Kathy Spoering, The Big Green Chair, 56" x 36"
Heritage Series

In the tapestries of my Heritage series, I used only a border along the bottom edge. a second visit to the Gardner Museum, emboldened me to begin putting borders all around the four sides of the tapestry body. I wanted the four tapestries of the Seasons series to have the stylized feel of Arts and Crafts pieces, such as tapestries by William Morris that relied heavily on decorative borders.

below: Kathy Spoering, A Time to Wait, 56" x 36"
Seasons Series
below: Kathy Spoering, Tending Peace, 56" x 36"
Seasons Series

I prefer decorative joins [because] there is no weft buildup along the join area, and because having the join spread over 3-5 warps tends to keep that area from losing the correct sett along the join more easily that a single warp join does.

below: Kathy Spoering, Beginning of the tapestry Winter
Seasons Series
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