Ellen Ramsey
Contemporary Tapestry

Blog: Musings on Textile Art

  1. For Weavers Only: More Erin Riley Tapestries

    30 Jun 2021
    In my last post, I focused on the themes and content of Erin Riley’s work as recently exhibited at PPOW Gallery.  For this post, I just want to share “weaving porn.” Not weaving (verb) pornography (noun) – although Erin has done that – but “weaving porn” as in what turns…

  2. In the Galleries: Erin M. Riley at PPOW

    25 Jun 2021
    I had the good fortune to catch Erin Riley’s recent showing at PPOW Gallery in New York. Entitled “The Consensual Reality of Healing Fantasies,” the show featured sixteen tapestries, half of which exceeded 8 feet in height or width and all of which were woven in 2020. (If this reality…

  3. The Big Hack Revealed

    30 Apr 2021
    In my last post I wrote about getting started on the first large(ish) tapestry in a new series of work. After four months on the loom, I finished weaving the piece on New Year’s Eve 2021 with a rather solitary cutting off with my husband and the dog. I dragged…

  4. A New Direction (Before Covid19, Part 2)

    07 Aug 2020
    I’ve never done an artists residency (and still haven’t) but setting up shop in unfamiliar Brooklyn last winter turned out to be very productive situation for me. Due to space and time restrictions, I was forced to work small – which is not really my jam, but I made the…

  5. New York City Art Adventure (Before Covid19) Part I of 2

    27 Jul 2020
    Just recently four boxes arrived at my door. They contained the contents of my “sabbatical studio” in Brooklyn and receiving them represented the last tie to my brief but fun time living in New York City last fall and winter. I can’t believe how much time has passed since then…

  6. Creative Paralysis: Side Effect of Pandemic Restrictions?

    30 Apr 2020
    Sometimes you just have to cut bait and jump ship. I left NYC abruptly in early March. This sample had to be sacrificed in order to pack the pipe loom. What to do when your normal routine comes to a grinding halt? That’s the question we all face during this…

  7. Mining Historic Textiles as a Route to the Future

    26 Mar 2020
    The following is a Guest Post by weaver Mary Lane about her recent work and her participation in a workshop led by Gerhardt Knodel on mining historic textiles for design inspiration.  I was a participant in this workshop as well, but I asked Mary to write about her experience because

  8. A Visit with Erin Riley

    18 Mar 2020
    Erin M. Riley in her studio So, I’ve been living in NYC since October and one thing that was high on my list was to meet tapestry phenom Erin M. Riley. I was finally able to meet her in February. If you don’t follow Erin’s work, you should! (www.erinmriley.com)  She…

  9. In the Galleries: Alexandra Mocanu

    26 Jan 2020
    I was fortunate to see tapestries by French-Romanian artist Alexandra Mocanu at Twenty First Gallery, New York, in December. For the weaving geek, there was much to swoon over Twenty First Gallery, 76 Franklin Street, NYC Twenty First Gallery First of all, allow me to apologize for the yellow cast…

  10. A Field Trip to Browngrotta Arts

    08 Nov 2019
    This week I finally had the chance to see an exhibition of fiber art collected by Sandra and Louis Grotta. For thirty years, Browngrotta Arts has been the premiere gallery dealing in dimensional textile art, sculpture, and fine craft in the U.S., and for nearly that long, I have wanted…

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