A Year of My Life 2015Tommye Scanlin
“Because sense of place is important to me, I decided to select for each month four different views of plants I would find seasonally on our property.
In January of 2015, I wove representations of the fallen oak leaves in our yard,
followed by pecans for February, the time when the last of our pecan tree’s bounty is
usually being cracked and stored. The weavings for March were of twigs from our
trees found in the yard after a brief ice storm. April held views of daffodils. In May the
gingko tree’s buds became full-fledged leaves during the month of weaving. June held
the “wedding roses” – wild roses like the ones we’d picked for our wedding day from
the yard where we lived at the time.
The rest of 2015 was filled with representations of the seasonal changes happening as
the months passed. I genuinely enjoyed the challenge of selecting and designing each
month’s four images as the weeks of the year went by. Using the images also very
much satisfied the “picture maker’ in me.”
- Created in 2015 by artist Tommye McClure Scanlin using linen and wool
- Handwoven tapestry
- Approximately 64″long x 14″wide x 2″deep
- This tapestry is NFS
- Made in Dahlonega, GA
Returning to the Folk Art Center’s main gallery, Tapestry Weavers South is now exhibiting over fifty handcrafted, fiber pieces to the public. The show features 27 weavers, 3 of which are members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild – Tommye Scanlin, Pat Williams and Sandy Adair. Since 2007, the Guild has fostered a close relationship with the organization in support of their mission to cultivate the crafts and makers of the Southern Highlands. This is the third show with Tapestry Weavers South (TWS).
A southeastern organization founded in 1996 by 18 weavers, TWS encourages and promotes tapestry among its members, and educates the public about tapestry as an art form. The membership covers a diverse design aesthetic with both abstract and figurative textiles.
Tapestry weaving itself is one of the oldest forms of woven textiles and the principal way of creating a picture through weaving. This differs from the traditional form of weaving that is a weft-faced textile. The natural, strong warp is completely covered by the colored yarn of the weft.
Tapestries of old were created by several weavers working together on the same tapestry, with a separate artist creating the design. Contemporary tapestries, like ones seen in this exhibition, are created entirely by the same person, requiring several skills to accomplish and just as time consuming. These include drawing/computer graphics for designing, to the color skills and choice of yarns, and finally to the technical weaving to create the actual tapestry.