The university has been offering tapestry classes through the fine arts program and has a studio equipped with large handmade frame looms, a few multi harness looms and several copper pipe looms purchased from Archie and Susan for the tapestry classes.
Sun On Earth, their community tapestry shown above, fills one wall. Under the direction of EK Jeong at the university a group of five weavers who didn't know each other previously have met together to learn tapestry weaving and share in the weaving of this community tapestry project. Mary Segal, Myra Jennings, Cristina Stone, Carol Goyer and Melaine Campbell continue to meet together to work on tapestry weaving and I was fortunate to meet most of them at the event in April with Archie and Susan.
By Tuesday the tapestries that Susan and Archie had brought filled the room and transformed it. Archie gave a lecture about his lifetime of weaving adventures. It was fascinating to hear about his long and distinguished history of tapestry weaving.
I came in early that morning so that I could study the tapestries that I had only seen previously in photos and take some photographs.
Cristine Stone, one of the community tapestry weavers is here in the center and to the right is EK Jeong the director for the project.
Jessica Ostrow came from Texas for the week of tapestry with Susan and Archie.
I had been taking my loom back to the room with me and weaving in the evening so by Wednesday I was ready to start on another loom. This is the first little tapestry I wove during the workshops.
On Wednesday we started to work on shape making with squares and rectangles and on weaving angles. We ended on Wednesday with lessons on keeping the sheds moving in the right direction while building individual shapes.
Here ia a photo from Wednesday with Carla who works in the office of the art building and the blue tapestry is being woven by EK Jeong who was working out some initials for her tapestry sign.
On Thursday we enjoyed another lecture, this time by Susan. She spoke of the personal narrative content in her work and shared some of the stories woven into the tapestries she designs. She also shared a bit about her process and how her designs develop on the loom.
Curves were popping up all over the room.
Here is my number two tapestry from Wednesday and Friday with the shapes, angles and curves.
My two samples will serve to recall fond memories of a week of tapestry in Weatherford, Oklahoma with Susan Martin Maffei and Archie Brennen.
My sincere thanks to EK Jeong for creating this opportunity by securing the funding and bringing them to Oklahoma. What a great time!
Once I returned home the bubble had burst and I found I had a long list of things that all needed to be taken care of immediately- back to the real world.
Right before I left for the workshop I had seen Janet Austin mention the possibility of tapestry on an inkle loom and once my list was taken care of I decided to give it a test and I warped my inkle with 8/2 linen.
I have been fascinated with vines ever since I spent an afternoon in March drawing a detailed sketch of one of my Trumpet vines.
So I trimmed some Honeysuckle vines and started to incorporate them in the weaving. This is set at about 11 threads per inch and I don't know where I am going with it exactly but perhaps some Honeysuckle leaves and blooms will appear as the Spring turns into Summer.