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Spring 2009 Vol 35 No 1
A Quarterly Review of Tapestry Art Today
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 Spring 2009 issue. < Back     Page > 1 2 3 4 5 6

Upcoming Themes

April 1: Materiality of Surface

July 15: Exhibits/Our Public Voice

October 1: Tips and Tactics

January 15, 2010: Proportion

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Creative Sustenance
by Lyn Hart


Astrid Fitzgerald’s An Artist’s Book of Inspiration [offers] many insights … such as this one from Henry David Thoreau—

I wish to live ever as to derive my satisfactions and inspirations from the commonest events, every-day phenomena, so that what my senses hourly perceive, my daily walk, the conversation of my neighbors, may inspire me, and I may dream of no heaven but that which lies about me.

Below: Lyn Hart, Cereus Expectations, 17.5” x 16.5” 2007; natural & synthetic dyed wool.

Below: Lyn Hart, Monochrone Macro Series: Agave, 17” x 16.5” 2007; natural & synthetic dyed wool.
Below: Lyn Hart, Pinacate Shuffle, 9” x 21.5” 2008; natural colored wool, rayon, linen, silk

Creative Non-Doing
By Pat Williams


. . . Tapestry began for me as a fierce attraction, and has increased in intensity over succeeding years.  But Ijust wanted to weave; not design. . . . Something had to change, especially after too many of the tapestries turned out to be pure blah. . . . . my husband . . . gave me The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. . . . I promised myself I would . . . read one of the twelve chapters per week. . . I began to draw every morning in addition to writing. . . . The agreement I made with myself about the drawing is to put down whatever image came to me . . . No editing was allowed on the original drawing.

I no longer draw every day. . . What has not changed is the no editing on first thoughts.  It has been amazing to me to see what comes out by not editing.

Below: Pat Williams, Barking Dog, 11” x 10” 2000. The first in the series appears immobile, almost frozen.  Her eyes offer the idea of motion, albeit inside her mind.

Pat Williams, Homunculus, 30” X 30” 2002.  An homunculus is the little person inside your head that looks out through your eyes.  It burst free to see the world of its desire.

Pat Williams, Meditation, 18.5” x 15" 2000.  The second in the series, having much in common with No. 1, yet experimenting with the background.

: Pat Williams, The Beginning, 28" x 30”, (c) 2002. An expanded view is offered that doesn't rely solely on the eyes to give meaning or motion. The tapestry presents a woman trapped by her inner self, by her immediate surrounding or by things outside. Sometimes the extreme feeling of being trapped is the beginning of making positive changes.

: Pat Williams, Ut-Oh, 12.5” X 18”, (c) 2009. Relates to our current disastrous environmental, economic, and cultural situation.

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