Saturday, March 16, 2019

Workshop: Tapestry Portraits from Photographs

Lost Art Fiber and Textile Studio, September 13 - 15, 2019, Waukesha, WI

Just when I think perhaps I've taught enough workshops here and there, an offer comes that's just too good to turn down, another trip to Lost Art Fiber and Textile Studio. And it's not just because Waukesha, WI is a short day trip for me or that owner Nancy Wilson is a warm and wonderful hostess. Nancy's two dogs are a pretty good draw though.

last year's's always a good time when Dawn is there...

When Nancy suggested I return after a great workshop in fall 2018, I wanted to shift the focus in this workshop and decided to have students work on portraits from personal photographs rather than letting the weaving process dictate the design.

I marketed and sold work from my studio in Rochester, NY for several years based on this idea. I had a 3 1/2" warp on my pipe loom constantly and did solo portraits up to a dozen grandchildren and everything in between. Special requests were the most fun, it's amazing the ideas people dream up.

I scanned some old photos to show you from a book I used to show clients so they had an idea of how I worked. I wanted to encourage many photos rather than just one. And of course pets appeared quite often.

But, speaking of pets, look at this wonderful weaving one of my students shared with me a few weeks ago. Linda came to a face making workshop last year in IL and has woven some wonderful faces since, then the dogs arrived!

aren't these guys super cute? I love dogs...

Linda has started the base of the weaving and has the main shapes drawn and behind the weaving

the finished tapestry, 12 epi, 8"wide x 6" long
So if you'd like to join us in September this year to work with tapestry weaving, photographs, and like-minded friends, contact Nancy for more information here and let me know if you have any questions.

Hope to see you there!