Thursday, December 23, 2010

American Tapestry Biennial 8


American Textile History Museum, Lowell, Massachusetts.    January 22 to May 1, 2011. eDivided LandscapeL

TWiNE member Suzanne Pretty was awarded the Teitelbaum Family Award First Prize for her tapestry Divided Landscape. A list of all 54 ATB8 artists, from 10 countries, is here, and you can purchase a full color catalog here.

These are the programs to be held at the American Textile History Museum during the exhibition.

January 20, 5.30 - 7.30 PM, Opening Night.                  RSVP by January 17

February 13   Janet Austin                                  Tapestry Weaving: an Artist at Work  12 - 4 PM

Janet Austin demonstrates the techniques used to create this venerable art form.   Enjoy an opportunity to talk with the artist/weaver and see how tapestry weaving is done.  See how various techniques are used and try weaving on a tapestry yourself!

March 13   Susan Martin Maffei                                Under the Influence; or Is It Just Inspiration?    2 PM

Susan Martin Maffei explores the effect of textile history, both of the past and personal, on the creative process and growth of her own work in tapestry. Her path, including an overseas internship, commercial studio work, and gallery conservation of antique textiles, provides insights into the development of the artist/ weaver of the 21st century

April 10   Anne Jackson                                            Anne Jackson: Knotted Tapestries   2 PM

Anne Jackson makes vibrant, complex tapestries exploring contemporary ideas, often in a historical context. Focusing on her current project, 'The Witchcraft Series', her illustrated talk will cover the development of her work and take a wry look at the place of textiles in the art world.

May 1  Micala Sidore                                               Bodies of Work   2 PM

Focusing on the human form in tapestry, Micala Sidore examines the history of tapestry weaving from an Andean culture in 500 BCE to the present. For both newcomers to tapestry and those in-the-know, she suggests an approach to viewing tapestries, understanding what makes them successful, and appreciating the weaver’s work.