Monthly Archives: July 2015

Alex Friedman Workshop

Ten lucky students attended the 3 day workshop by Alex Friedman on her “Ripple Technique”.  The basic idea is to use eccentric weft in a manner to create a sculptural effect when the tapestry is released from tension.  For examples of her work, please visit her website.

www.alexfriedmantapestry.com

Part of Group with Alex

Part of Group with Alex

Eleanor Choosing Colors

Eleanor Choosing Colors

We each came prepared with  a four-inch wide warp on a portable tapestry loom.  The weft, provided by the School, was Harrisville Highland. Alex brought a picture book of examples she had woven, as well as a hand-drawn sketch with ideas to use to start.

 

Students wove a plain tapestry background, then added eccentric weft in several styles, similar but different than wedge weave.

Terry's Style Sample

Terry’s Style Sample

Natalie Makes a Pair

Natalie Makes a Pair

 

 

After trying a few methods, some people attempted soumak for an even greater surface distortion.

 

Arlene and Birch Tree

Arlene and Birch Tree

Laurelen and Loaf of Brad

Laurelen and Loaf of Brad

Kevynne and Mountain

Kevynne and Mountain

On the second day students wove designs they had contemplated overnight.  One person wove a tablecloth with a loaf of bread on it.  Another wove a pattern similar to the bark of a birch tree. A third wove a mountain shape.  Everyone’s tapestry looked very different than the others, in design, in color, in eccentricity.

Sandy in Pink and Orange

Sandy in Pink and Orange

On the third day we continued weaving our designs and tried more experiments.  The class was very popular and a total success.  Students accomplished quite a bit of weaving, surprising even the instructor in quantity and quality.  Thank you Alex, for coming up from Marin County, CA and visiting our school.  We definitely enjoyed the workshop.