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Winter 2007 Vol 33 No 4

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ATA Award: Donna Contractor

"Golden Mean Spiral - Universal Language Series" by Donna Loraine Contractor received an ATA Award at the Intermountain Weavers' Conference, "Fiber Celebrated," at the Durango Arts Center in Durango, CO. Donna is a tapestry artist who received her BA in Liberal Arts from St. John's College in Santa Fe and has lived in Albuquerque for the last 19 years.


Her work incorporates the landscapes and colors of New Mexico with bold contemporary architectural frames that create depth and optical illusions. Douglas Kent Hall, in The Thread of New Mexico, says "Contractor combines unlikely dynamic forms with a scintillating palette to achieve an evocative and compelling style of weaving. She utilized traditional... concepts as well as certain graphic constructs that fueled the work of many twentieth-century painters and brings to contemporary tapestry a freshness that is sometimes startling."


Below: Donna Contractor, "Golden Mean Spiral – Universal Language Series”, 61" x 40", 2007




ATA Student Award 2007

Melinda Heal of Canberra, Australia, is the winner of the second annual American Tapestry Alliance Student Award for 2007. The Board of ATA selected her from among a number of entrants from the US as well as abroad for the $250 prize and a year student membership in ATA.

Melinda discovered tapestry in her second year of university studies in Textiles at the Canberra School of Art where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Visual Art. She says, “Constructing an image and a tangible surface… at the same time is something very particular to the medium which results in artwork unlike any other.” Her submissions, a series about her family members, exhibited a strong sense of design and color theory...

Coptic Mel” is a self-portrait woven using the techniques of Coptic tapestry; fine eccentric weft, linen warp, quirky faces and various traditional motifs.


”Eye”…zooming in on a feature and examining it in all its detail, the result is very real and at the same time completely unreal in terms of colour and size.


below: Melinda Heal, "Coptic Mel," “Coptic Mel” was a self-portrait woven using the techniques of Coptic tapestry; fine eccentric weft, linen warp, quirky faces and various traditional motifs.
below: Melinda Heal, "Eye" … zooming in on a feature and examining it in all its detail, the result is very real and at the same time completely unreal in terms of colour and size



"Focusing on Focusing", is a montage of the faces of my family reduced in colours and visual information in order to allow myself and the viewer to focus on the faces as landscape; shapes, colours and movement… their eyes closed or with a look of concentration so that tapestry is in fact focusing on my family being focused.


below: Melinda Heal, "Focusing on Focusing," a montage of the faces of my family and reduced the
colours and visual information in order to allow myself and the viewer to focus on the faces as landscape;
shapes, colours and movement… their eyes closed or with a look of concentration so that tapestry
is in fact focusing on my family being focused.




“Grandma” and “Cros”…allowed me to explore just how much information can be lost and still retain the likeness of the subject.


below: Melinda Heal, “Grandma” and “Cros”.
Grandma” and “Cros”. allowed me to explore just how much information can be lost and still retain the likeness of the subject.


Kudos
Tapestry Awards at NEWS 2007:


Betsy Wing’s tapestry “Source I” won the 1st Place Award for Tapestry, at the 2007 New England Weavers’ Seminar (NEWS) Gallery Show, at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts.


below: Betsy Wing, "Source 1", 27x28, 2007



Janet Austin’s pair of tapestries “Kilim Fragment Duet” won 2nd Place Award for Tapestry, the Helen Klekot Award for “Art Form, 2nd Place,” and the “Judges Choice” Award.

below: Jan Austin, "Kilim Fragment Duet", 8" x 10" each, 16" x 20"each, 2006

below: Jan Austin, "Kilim Fragment Duet", detail


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