Three-day beginning tapestry workshop with Janet Austin
Instructor: Janet Austin
Dates offered 2017:
Jun 28–30 (class full; waiting list only)
Learn to weave basic shapes in tapestry, and some more advanced techniques such as outlining and interlocks. We will also cover topics such as which looms and yarns are best for tapestry weaving and a short presentation about designing for tapestry. No prior experience is necessary.
What is tapestry?
Tapestry is an ancient form of weaving that can make images: geometric, abstract, or realistic. Instead of weaving from selvedge to selvedge, many pieces of yarn are used just in the areas needed to make the desired image. Some examples are Navajo rugs, Turkish Kilim rugs, French and Flemish tapestries woven for castles. For more about contemporary tapestry, check out www.americantapestryalliance.org.
Sturdy wooden frame looms will be provided for your use. These are included in the materials fee, along with the yarn used in the class. If any student does NOT want to keep the loom after the workshop, Janet will buy it back.
Janet Austin, Tapestry Weaver
BFA, Fibers, Massachusetts College of Art
MFA, Painting, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Coordinator and Secretary, 1993–2009, Tapestry Weavers in New England
Board of Directors, 2001–2009, American Tapestry Alliance
Member: Tapestry Weavers in New England (TWiNE), American Tapestry Alliance (ATA), Weavers Guild of RI, Art League of RI, Surface Design Association (SDA), Canadian Tapestry Network, British Tapestry Group
Janet Austin has been weaving since 1972. She has taught weaving and spinning classes since 1975 at Womancraft (Chapel Hill, NC) the Durham (NC) Arts Council, Slater Mill Historic Site, Courthouse Center for the Arts, New England Weavers Seminar, guilds, schools, and in her studio. Her tapestries are exhibited nationally, and internationally, most recently at Small Tapestry International, Fiber in the Present Tense (SDA MA/RI), finalist in the Kate Derum Award (Australia), and Small Expressions 2014. Janet lectures about tapestry and writes articles for Tapestry Topics, the newsletter of the American Tapestry Alliance.
Check out Janet's blog, Tangled Web.