Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Tapestry in New England and Beyond

Sara Warren - Season's Pathway III

Until October 31, 2018 you can see a wonderful tapestry exhibit at Highfield Hall and Gardens in Falmouth, (Cape Cod) Massachusetts. 

This elegant mansion is the venue for Tapestry in New England and Beyond, an exhibit featuring many TWiNE members, and many of our friends from New England and beyond.

Highfield Hall and Gardens, a stick-style Queen Anne building, was built by the Beebe family of Boston in 1878, as a summer mansion. 

After the last family member died in 1932, the building was used by many groups for many purposes, but eventually was abandoned.
Martha May

In 1994, after 20 years of neglect, the building was on the verge on demolition when a group of citizens formed Historic Highfield, a non-profit organization to save the mansion. 

It was 2007 before the restoration was complete. 

Barbara Heller - detail

The opening reception was on September 9th, and there was a great turnout of artists and members of the vibrant local arts community. You can see a list of artists, with images of their work here.

Three tapestries by Suzanne Paquette who came all the way from Quebec for the reception!

Beth Minear and Suzanne Paquette

Monday, October 16, 2017

October Happenings

Cilla Alden's new tapestry, "Spirit Woman" (26 x 18") was selected for the statewide ART in ME 2017 exhibit, hosted by the Boothbay Region Art Foundation, Oct 14 - Nov 12. 

The juror was Chris Crossman, former director of the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, ME. 

The tapestry is woven on a wool warp with silk yarns, is full of slits, and hangs out from the wall on a curved brass hanger.

Barbara Burns will be teaching 3 tapestry classes in the area:

Port Fiber in Portland, ME, Nov. 11-12, 2017
Halcyon Yarn in Bath, ME Jan. 26-28, 2018  
Vavstuga Weaving School in Shelburne Falls, MA. June 6-8, 2018

Check her blog for details.

Barbara has also produced some fascinating short videos about her newest tapestry project, "The Little Devil Corset."  

You can watch the videos by clicking here and here.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

TWiNE March News

Loominations - 

TWiNE 2017 

will run from February 3 through April 8, 2017 at Emporium Framing and Gallery in South Berwick, Maine. 

This TWiNE exhibit features 34 tapestries by 12 tapestry artists: 

Lou Abbott, Priscilla May AldenJanet AustinBarbara Burns, Ann LeRoyer, Beth, Minear, Minna Rothman, Linda Rhynard, Sue PrettyTamar ShadurMicala Sidore, Betsy Wing.  

(NOTE: click on an image to see it bigger) 

CONGRATULATIONS to Minna Rothman and Barbara Burns for having their tapestries accepted into Heallreaf 2, which will show at 2 UK venues in April and June 2017. 

Minna Rothman

Innocence Lost

Barbara Burns - Pas de Deux

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Fiber in the Present Tense 2016

Two TWiNE members have tapestries included in this juried exhibit of the Massachusetts / Rhode Island chapter of Surface Design Association.

The juror is Marcia Young, Editor of Fiber Art Now Magazine.

The show is at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, in Watertown, MA, until November 3, 2016.

Minna Rothman "Migration 2015: The Wall."

Janet Austin "Chaos: After the Storm"

Monday, July 25, 2016

TWiNE Summer

Check out some of our members' shows this summer.

Barbara Burns tapestries will be featured at Stable on Front Gallery, 110 Front St, Bath, Maine.

(Left: Ingrid, Belly Dancer in Repose)

Priscilla and Richard Alden have created a new body of work inspired by explorations and memories of ancient cultures.

Join them for the opening reception on Friday, August 5, 5-8 pm.

Ancient Flow will be on exhibit August 1-28 at Studio 53 Fine Art Gallery, 53 Townsend Ave, Boothbay Harbor, ME.

Sara Hotchkiss's beautiful rugs can be seen at her gallery:

Old Point Comfort, 28 Pitcher Road, Waldoboro, ME 04572     


Call ahead to make sure she's there.

She is also participating in the following shows:

July 29 thru July 31  
Maine Craft Guild Show at 
the Atlantic Oceanside Event Center, 119 Eden St., Bar Harbor. Please note new location  mainecraftsguild.com

August 13 thru 14
The Rockport Fine Craft Show at the Samoset Resort, Rockport

October 8 thru 9
Maine Craft Guild Show at Fort 
Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick   mainecraftsguild.com

Saturday, March 12, 2016

American Tapestry Biennial 11

Three TWiNE members have been accepted into this highly competitive international juried exhibition, which opens at South Bend (IN) Museum of Art, July 2 – September 25, 2016.

The exhibition will then travel to the Mulvane Art Museum in Topeka, KS, November 1 – December 24, 2016, and the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, January 21 – April 16, 2017

Congratulations to Eve Pearce, Julia Mitchell and Don Burns. Here are some small details of their tapestries, as a preview, but no spoilers!

Two Dozen Pears Don Burns

Form Is No Other Than Emptiness….Eve Pearce (photo: Art Evans)

Edge of the Pond 5 Julia Mitchell

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Tapestry Workshop in Maine

This three day workshop is a unique opportunity to learn from two long standing students of Archie Brennan and Susan Martin Maffei. 
Some of the techniques that will be covered are

Dressing the loom with a continuous warp
Working with a cartoon
How to keep your selvages straight 
How to control the warp as you weave 
Working with highs and lows 
Basic half circle 
Transitioning in and out of curves 
Sewing slits and more 
Evenings offer the opportunity to share ideas with your fellow weavers, spend more time at the loom if you wish and participation in an optional critique session.

Level and Prerequisites: Beginning to Advanced - students should have some tapestry weaving experience. Where: The workshop will take place in Barbara Burns’ large studio located in Cundy’s Harbor, Maine. Meals and housing will be provided on site. There will be a meet and greet Thursday evening with dinner and a lecture. 
Housing: Students will be staying in Barbara’s guest cottage and a rental cottage across the road. Both cottages have working kitchens and heat. (It can get nippy on the water).
Instructors: Barbara Burns and Don Burns are members of The Wednesday Group and studied with Archie Brennan and Susan Martin Maffei for 10 and 14 years respectively. Barbara also studied at West Dean College in Sussex England with Pat Taylor, Haystack Mountain with Marcel Marois and with numerous other teachers. She has taught private students and workshops in NY and Maine. Barbara has been exhibiting internationally since 1996 and has received awards from as far away as Serbia. Don has an MFA in Tapestry from University of North Texas. He has taught tapestry technique and design for 12 years both privately and at The Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia. Don has exhibited nationally and internationally for 18 years. Two Museums represent Don 's work: Musee Jean-Lurcat et de la tapisserie contemporaine, Angers, France and The Textile Museum, Washington, DC

Workshop fees: Three days $510
All meals, housing and use of looms, bobbins (if needed) and warp and weft yarns are included.
To register: A 50% deposit of $255 is required to hold your place. Balance due March 15th.
Contact Barbara Burns  
bburns174[at]gmail.com (use the @ symbol - this is formatted to prevent spammers)