Monday, July 27, 2009
TAPESTRY WEAVERS BLOGGING ESSAYS
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.