My journey towards small format tapestry looks much like a bell curve. I began small with prints and drawings, progressed to large paintings and bound-woven rugs, and back down again to my current small format tapestries.…
Small formats are a good fit for me. I enjoy the precision and detail oriented approach that it demands, and I appreciate that no space is wasted. Every square inch must count.
below: Joyce Hayes, Conciliation - Peace 12.5" x 12.87" Linen warp, cotton sewing thread weft on watercolor paper background, acrylic paints and colored pencil. Photographer - Art and Soul
below: Joyce Hayes, Bach 2 Part Invention #1 10.87" x 16" Linen warp, cotton sewing thread and metallics for weft on watercolor paper background, acrylic paint and colored pencil. Photographer - Cecil Hayes
below: Joyce Hayes, Bach 2 Part Invention #3, 12" x 16.25" Linen warp, cotton sewing thread and metallics for weft on watercolor paper background, acrylic paint and colored pencil. Photographer - Art and Soul
The Value of Limits
By Ruth Manning
I used to weave large tapestries. … Life is always changing. Some might call this “opportunities for growth” … in the past six years that’s what happened to me. … [Now] I only weave the very small. My looms are two 10-inch pipe looms … the “Archie Looms.”… My working space is one corner of the middle room with a window and a spot for my cup of coffee, probably 8 square feet of working space. … Yes, I am very limited these days, but somehow, some way, and perhaps because of that, my work has grown.
below: Ruth Manning, Market Day, detail 6" x 6.5" 2007
below: Ruth Manning, Turning Pages, 9" x 18" 2008
below: Ruth Manning, Morning on the Palmetto, 9.5" x 4" 2008
below: Ruth Manning, View of Una Casita, 10" x 9" 2008
Thoughts on Weaving Small Format Tapestries
By Kathe Todd-Hooker
Since childhood I have loved handwork that I can carry with me. My Grandmothers - one raised in a subsistence culture and one who was considered “upper crust” - believed that a person should stay busy. They always had projects that could be shoved in a pocket.…
I am a child of my grandmothers. When I began weaving, my love of small handwork transferred to small format/small scale pieces. … Small work invites you to stand closer, to become intimate with the piece. … One’s experience with the work is more private.
below: Kathe Todd-Hooker, After glow, 2" x 9.5" Weft: sewing thread -embroidery floss-cotton and rayon; Warp: dual duty craft thread Epi 20-22