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A Year of My Life 2016

Tommye Scanlin

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“Because I’d enjoyed incorporating the pictorial within the simplicity of the blocks of the days, I approached 2016 in a similar way. However, I changed the design somewhat in that I wove twelve larger parts, one for each month, within the surrounding individual days. I decided to devote the year to the seasonal changes of the black walnut tree in our yard. I made small paintings each month for the cartoons and also dyed yarns using black walnuts to combine with other wefts.”

  • Created in 2016 by artist Tommye McClure Scanlin using linen, wool, hand-dyed wool using black walnuts
  • Handwoven tapestry
  • Approximately 52″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.


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