Sunday, February 2, 2014

Spring in WI

Acceptance is a wonderful thing.

     For artists, acceptance into a show is a special kind of wonderful, so imagine designing a tapestry for the American Tapestry Alliance "UNTITLED/UNJURIED small format show in 2014. All entries are accepted in this celebration of tapestry to be shown in Providence, Rhode Island this summer. You can experiment and for me it's a time to have fun.

     The below zero temps in Wisconsin this winter are a trial for the best of positive attitudes. In the midst of the deep freeze I remembered a photo I posted on Facebook and Jan Austin's comment, "nice spring colors".

     I decided to use my hat, push the colors toward summer and combine it with a taste of endless winter.

     Spring in Wisconsin was born.

     I did very little planning for the design, a quick sketch on recycled paper and a few marks on the warp.

     It was stress free weaving that grew from the bottom to the top in clear sections, face to hat to snow. I even considered putting in a snowdrop, the first thing to bloom around here in the spring, but it just doesn't seem possible at the moment.
Spring in Wisconsin, 7 x 8 inches
     I have one warm thought though, I know I'm part of the show.


  1. It does warm up the dregs of winter! Spring, are we there yet?

  2. I love this! I'll look for your piece in Providence. And I totally agree... acceptance is great. That is why I entered this show also! :) Guaranteed success.

  3. You'll have to be my reporter on site Rebecca, I'm hoping with a large turnout for the show the grids will be fully packed with tapestries, thanks all for your kind words...

  4. Hey, nice job on the finished piece, last time I saw it, I think you were just starting... I'm sure you and Debbie will be the stars of the show!

  5. Yay! Sounds like your heart *knew* what your tapestry would be. Wonderful! Although, I have to say I hope I won't need to wear a hat this Spring. ;D

    1. I'll let you handle that weather request Angie.....I'll be hedging my bets and working on new designs to weave....minus the snow colors.