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LANDSCAPE IN TAPESTRY with Elizabeth Buckley
The landscape is about one’s relationship with the earth. It can take many forms, inspired by a particular shape in weathered wood or a shell, a grove of trees, the shadow in a cliff, the panoramic sunset sky. The possibilities are endless! The response in tapestry can be small and intimate, or large scale; abstract, representational, or somewhere in between. In this workshop, we will explore the varied aspects of the landscape, how to distill and simplify into the language of tapestry.
This workshop will begin with design exercises exploring different principles of color and design that apply to tapestry. Students can expect to go through the process of articulating an idea, developing a cartoon, and translating it into woven form. Students are encouraged to come with photos or sketches they would like to use in tapestry design, as well as to try out techniques they would like to know more about. Students can expect to begin weaving a small tapestry, or a study of a larger design, and complete the weaving at home, after the workshop.
Skill level: Intermediate - Advanced level. Students need a working knowledge of basic tapestry techniques. Workshops are intended for weavers of all tapestry traditions: Rio Grande, Mexican, French and the spectrum in-between, working from either the front or the back.
Materials students provide: a portable loom, warped up and ready for weaving, suggested sett to warp looms: 8 - 9 epi, warp width 6 - 8 inches using either 12/6 or 12/9 Glimakra cotton.seine twine, (Recommended looms: Shannock, Mirrix, Hagen, Copper Pipe), Sketches, your own photos of ideas you have for tapestry, Examples of your work (2 or 3 pieces), Sketchpad, Notebook, A few colored pencils, regular pencils or pens, Scissors. Glue stick, Sharpie markers, Awl, Hand beaters, Bobbins, if you use them, Portable table lamp (optional)
*Materials fee covers the weft yarns to be used in three-strand weft bundles.
Elizabeth Buckley is a second-generation tapestry artist and teacher of over 40 years, who’s work evolved from using techniques of the Mexican and Rio Grande traditions to those of French tapestry. She further honed her skills in Aubusson, France at the atelier of Gisèle Brivet. With her degree in art, Elizabeth brings to the classroom her deep grounding in design principles and color theory that specifically apply to tapestry. She draws from multiple tapestry traditions to provide her students with the technique vocabulary for finding and expressing their own unique voice.
Elizabeth Buckley’s tapestries have a lengthy exhibition history, including national and Canadian juried and invitational shows, as well as in museum exhibitions. Her work is in numerous private collections, and her publications include: FiberArts Design Book V and Carol K. Russell’s The Tapestry Handbook: the Next Generation, and Contemporary International Tapestry. In 2011, Elizabeth was awarded the American Tapestry Alliance Award for Excellence in Tapestry.
This class requires a minimum of 5 students for the class to run. See our Class Payment and Refund Policy.
Non-Member: $375 (Member $345)
Material Fee: $30
Material fee is paid at first class meeting.