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Desert Weaving Workshop, located in Tucson, Arizona, offers classes in weaving, tapestry and yarn dyeing for those who are interested in the art and craft of weaving.
ChimayoWeavers.com is the web site for Centinela Traditional Arts in Chimayo, New Mexico. The weaving gallery is run by Irvin and Lisa Trujillo, who are award-winning weavers whose work has been shown in, and collected by, museums across the United States, including the Smithsonian. The tapestry gallery and this website also represent several other talented weavers as well, all weavers living here in our area. You can see all of our work by browsing the website. Take a look at the catalog, and all of its categories: to see blanket weight weavings for the wall or for your furniture, and look at our selection of handwoven rugs, vests, and coats. Learn about the tradition we all work in, and the techniques involved.
Pacific Rim Tapestries specializes in hand woven wall hangings for public and private spaces. The founding artists, Cecilia Blomberg, Mary Lane and Margo Macdonald, have extensive national and international exhibition histories, as well as significant experience executing commissions. These projects, which are listed on the accompanying resumes, include government buildings, schools, corporate offices and residential settings. The artists are comfortable working closely with clients, architects and designers.
Tapestry is a form of weaving that produces a dense fabric ideally suited for wall hangings. The simplicity of tapestry’s weave structure gives it great artistic potential. No preset patterns limit the development of the image. The artist is free to insert the colored threads in the manner which best suits the design. All true tapestry is hand woven. The tapestries produced by Pacific Rim Tapestries are woven from a strong, highly twisted cotton and a fine, lustrous wool which has been commercially mothproofed and dyed with acid dyes known for their light fastness. The properties of wool and the density of weft faced weave make tapestry virtually fireproof. The hangings are finished according to museum standards. The durability of tapestry insures its enjoyment for generations to come.
Today tapestry is experiencing a renaissance. According to Rebecca Stevens, Consulting Curator of Contemporary Textiles at the Textile Museum in Washington D.C., “It seem[s] that tapestry [is] on many minds: curators, collectors and, mostly, makers.” She goes on to state “...tapestry, one of the oldest textile art forms, continues to be practiced with great skill and vision ...” Tapestries hang in the corporate offices of such prestigious firms as Weyerhaeuser, IBM, PepsiCo, Aetna, along with many banks, universities and public institutions. Tapestry meets the expressive needs of contemporary artists and the functional needs of both large architectural interiors and smaller domestic spaces. In spacious interiors with hard surfaces tapestry’s superb qualities of sound and temperature insulation soften and warm, creating a sense of intimacy. Its engaging imagery enlivens and animates the surrounding space, speaking directly to the viewer. Tapestry is a humanizing medium; as a textile it is directly approachable and understood by all kinds of people.
The Fiber Art Center is closing
The Foundation for Fiber Art Board of Directors regrets to announce that as of
May 9, 2008, we will be closing the doors of the Fiber Art Center and the Foundation for Fiber Art. All classes and exhibits have been cancelled.
This decision is first and foremost a financial one. Due to the unfortunate economic climate and a history of funding challenges we are unable to sustain our mission to sell, exhibit and educate the art of fiber.
For the past seven years we have had the great pleasure to celebrate and promote the work of over three hundred artists from the Pioneer Valley and beyond, offer over 250 classes, greet over one thousand visitors, and have a membership roster in the hundreds.
Our work would not have been possible without the interest and enthusiasm of a talented and creative membership and dedicated sponsors. We are tremendously grateful to the staff and volunteers, instructor and artists for all their hard work and unique vision. Throughout its history the Fiber Art Center has been a wonderful place for community and a source of inspiration. It saddens us to close the doors on this important community resource.