Monday, July 27, 2009


Are you curious about what drives artists to blog? Are you considering starting your own blog? The American Tapestry Alliance's latest edition of the Educational Article series offers technical and inspirational insights into artists' blogs. It is hosted on the ATA website.

Mary Lane recently invited six tapestry weavers who write blogs to share their experiences.
Janet Austin, Elaine Duncan, Lyn Hart, Tommye Scanlin, Kathe Todd Hooker and myself contributed articles.
It was wonderful to read every ones response. If you have ever considered writing your own blog now is a good time to start.

The Ararat Regional Art Gallery recently launched its own blog and I urge you all to take a look or even better subscribe using Google Reader so that you are notified when the blog is updated.

The Ararat Gallery holds an important place in the Australia textile world as it is one of only two Regional Galleries in Australia that holds significant collections of textiles and fibre art. The Gallery has a strong commitment to tapestry and recently purchased new works by Sara Lindsay and the late Kate Derum. The tapestry collection includes works by Marie Cook, a suite of 4 tapestries by Canadian artist Marcel Marios, along with tapestries by Joy Smith, Kaye Lawrence, Valerie Kirk, Jess Brook, Cheryl Clark Thornton and too many more to mention here. Last year the Gallery celebrated it's 40Th anniversary by showcasing 40 artists from their permanent collection.

The American Tapestry Alliance memberships are due this month.
I would just like to say here that no matter where you live in the world it is well worth while joining.
I have enjoyed immensely finding a new newsletter in my mailbox. The newsletter is published four times a year and is full of inspiring articles written by weaves world wide. Each newsletter is written around a certain 'theme' and although produced in black and white, colour photo's and a condensed article is uploaded onto the website to coincide with each newsletter. Australia has no forum for tapestry, but I would recommend to everyone joining the American Tapestry Alliance, I have found it very inspiring.


  1. Debbie,
    Thanks for your thoughts in Blog Tech--and also for your plugging of ATA! It is indeed a wonderful organization.

  2. Good day, Debbie, I am a tapestry artist from Russia and I am very happy to find out the world forum of artists whoes passion is tapestry. I am happy to find here the names of artists whom I know personally, Helga Berry, for example. And I wonder why do you not have russian tapestry artists among your friends? I would like to be the first and to introduce for you some of them. What do you think about this? Sincerely yours, Olga.

  3. Hello Olga,
    Thank you for leaving your message. I must admit that I am not familiar with any Russian tapestry weavers and I would be pleased if you could introduce me to some. Debbie.

  4. Dear Debbie, thanks for the operative answer. As for the first step I would like to send you the hyperlink to the recent not so large exhibition in Moscow (Pokrovka, 37). Participants - members of the committee of the textile art of the Artists' Union of Russia. So as the article is on Russian, I would like to precise that my work is that with two human-birds (woman with the wings standing, man sitting in the kind of mew or cage)

    Debbie, you recognized my tapestry, didn't you?
    It is also a blog, so you can go through the hyperlinks inside. Please, Debbie, would you be so kind to tell me is it possible for you to take some insight? Or is it hard?
    Sincerely yours, Olga.

  5. Hi Olga, I am sorry that I have not been able to answer your comment earlier.
    I looked up the hyperlink that you sent me and admire your tapestry greatly. Beautiful work you should be very proud of it. I translated the page in Google from Russian to English so I was able to read the articles.
    Thank you for introducing me to your work and that of other weavers. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a New Year of weaving ahead. Debbie.

  6. Thank you, dear Debbie, for so good words about my last tapestry, for showing the interest in Russian tapestry world. It is significant that you are very advanced PC user, blogger (I am just the beginner at such linking threads). The author of the blog you have observed Irina Dvorkina - enthusiast of tapestry weaving, the author of the book about the weaving technology “Tapestry by ten evenings”. Now she is starting with the book devoted to foreign tapestry art. I am sure that your blog will be very important for her. As for myself I am walking through your posts, reading everything with great pleasure and genuine interest and I am sure that I’ll be the faithful follower of your blog. Dear Debbie! I wonder how much you could do! I wish you good health, creative power, success with your Limes on the Ottoman background. My best wishes for little but mature Coen. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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