Tommye McClure Scanlin

Bittersweet Tapestry Studio

Media: Fiber

Dahlonega, GA

I use the slow medium of tapestry weaving because I love the surface of flat woven tapestry, the intensity of color as interpreted in yarn, and the significance of each movement of the weaver's hands to the finished work. My tapestries are based upon ideas and images that are meaningful to me; the glorious natural world of north Georgia and western North Carolina provides many of those.

Tommye McClure Scanlin has been weaving for over thirty years, exploring many different techniques of creating images through the woven structure. In 1988 she began her journey in tapestry weaving and her tapestries have been exhibited nationally and internationally since 1990.  She is professor emerita, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, Georgia.

In 2016-2017, her work is included in the juried exhibit, American Tapestry Alliance Biennial 11 held in three locations--South Bend Museum of Art; Mulvane Art Museum; and San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.  In 2016, she will have solo exhibits at Moon Gallery, Berry College, Rome, Georgia (March 14-April 8) and at Smith-Williams Gallery, Piedmont College, Demorest, Georgia (September 19-October 7).

In 2015, her work was included in Intertwined, an exhibit sponsored by Southeast Fiber Art Association; and Continuous Threads: 200 Years of Domestic and Art Textiles in Georgia, at Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center.  For 2014-2015 her work was in juried exhibits American Tapestry Biennial 10 (Visions Museum, San Diego, CA, Kent State University Museum, Kent, OH, and Kaneko, Omaha, NE); The Art is the Cloth, (New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH, George School, Newtown, PA, and Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, MA); Digital Technology-Traditional Techniques at East Carolina University.

In 2015 Scanlin was presented with the Madeleine K. Anthony Award by the Lumpkin County Historical Society.  In 2009, she was granted a Life Membership in Southern Highland Craft Guils, and also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Art Education Association for "...dedication to craft education."

She is a Fellow of the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and the Lillian E. Smith Center for Creative Arts.

In addition to her studio work and exhibits, Scanlin has taught tapestry workshops at Arrowmont, John C. Campbell Folk School, Penland, and Peters Valley, as well as for weaving guilds and other organizations.   In 2016, she was a guest artist at Warren Wilson College, taught at Artspace in Raleigh, NC, and will return to John Campbell Folk School in September to teach a tapestry class. In 2017 she and Bhakti Ziek will collaborate for an eight week course during Spring Concentration at Penland School of Crafts. Check the left side margin at her blog for the contact information for upcoming classes and exhibits.


For more information about Tommye Scanlin's tapestry work, please visit her blog called Works in Progress.

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